Jay Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics
Iowa State University
Dorian Garrick was appointed to the Jay Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics at Iowa State University in August 2007, following five years at Colorado State University and 15 years at Massey University in New Zealand, where he has held the A.L. Rae Chair since 1994. He received a First Class Honors degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Dr. Garrick has been integrally involved in the development and implementation of national animal evaluation programs, performance recording databases and breeding schemes. He has worked in the design of experiments to detect major genes and to exploit them in breeding programs. His recent work has focused on theoretical and applied aspects of using genomic information to predict performance. Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics. He has worked with a variety of genetic improvement programs, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, dual-purpose sheep, fine-wooled sheep, pigs, elk, salmon and tree breeding.
Dr. Garrick also works with other researchers and equally enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their farm or ranch business goals. He also serves as a Director of the US National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium which focuses on the development and application of methods using genomic information to predict genetic merit in beef cattle.
Assistant Professor and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist
University of Missouri
In addition to Dr. Decker’s faculty position in the Division of Animal Sciences, he is a member of the Genetics Area Program and University of Missouri Informatics Institute. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, graduating with top honors. He majored in Animal Science with a minor in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a Ph.D. minor in Statistics.
Jared grew up on a small farm in northwest New Mexico where his family raised registered cattle. He now owns a small farm in Mid-Missouri to teach his kids the value of hard work. He is working to help stakeholders in the beef industry better understand the rapidly changing genetic
technologies. His research focuses on understanding the history and selection of cattle breeds and improving the cost and accuracy of genomic tests. He is active on social media and his website A Steak in Genomics.
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|Jared Decker, Ph.D.||Mahdi Saatchi, Ph.D.||Dorian Garick, Ph.D.||Wade Shafer, Ph.D.|
|Patrick Hatfield, Ph.D.||Bruce Golden, Ph.D.||Jackie Atkins, Ph.D.||Lauren Hyde, Ph.D.|
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Executive Vice President
American Simmental Association
Wade Shafer grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN, on Shoestring Ranch, a small seedstock operation. Shafer completed his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at North Dakota State University, followed by a Master’s and Doctorate in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University.
While at Colorado State, Shafer did extensive work in the area of bio-economic simulation modeling. Following his formal education, he expanded Shoestring Ranch to more than 500 cows, with cooperator herds representing another 500+ cows. The ranch sold up to 200 bulls annually.
After selling his cow herd, Shafer joined the Simmental team as the Director of Breed Improvement for the American Simmental Association (ASA) in 2003; in 2011, he accepted the position of ASA’s Chief Operations Officer. Since 2013, Dr. Shafer has served as Executive Vice President of the American Simmental Association.