— The American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. will host the second-annual International Genomics Symposium Nov. 5 as part of the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis. The event will provide cattle producers with cutting-edge information about advancements in genomics technology — and how these advances impact their businesses.

The symposium is sponsored by Neogen GeneSeek Operations, a leading provider of comprehensive genomics solutions to the cattle industry.

John Pollak, director of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., will lead the morning’s discussion, which focuses on a futuristic perspective on the beef industry and genomic technology’s impact on quality beef production.

Next up is keynote speaker Juan Enriquez, a best-selling author and venture capitalist who unlocks the extraordinary promise of new life sciences. He’s one of the world’s leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research.

The symposium will also feature Ben Hayes, lead researcher of the “1,000 Bull Genomes Project.” He will take a worldwide look at how DNA profiles are turning into real data to make better breeding decisions that lead to more productive animals.

The morning’s session will wrap up with a roundtable discussion with Hayes, Dan Moser and Stephen Miller, both of Angus Genetics Inc. The experts will examine how genomics is rapidly reshaping livestock production, and providing producers with the best information available that will not only help improve quality and consistency, but also make the beef industry more competitive.

About the Convention

The 2016 Angus Convention, Nov. 5-7 in Indianapolis, will bring together thousands of quality-minded cattle producers and partners for the three-day educational and entertaining event. The Angus Convention is a place to share ideas, learn about ways the Association and its entities are driving the latest innovations in genetics, research and commercial programs and, ultimately, a satisfying eating experience for consumers.

The International Genomics Symposium officially kicks off the event, followed by Angus University Nov. 6, sponsored by Merck Animal Health. A packed trade show will open at 12 p.m. Nov. 5, and Sawyer Brown will headline the Nov. 6 evening entertainment. For a complete schedule and to register, visit

For more news from the Angus Convention, tune in for The Angus Report the week of Nov. 21 on RFD-TV. The 30-minute news program airs at 7:30 a.m. CST Monday and 1:30 p.m. CST each Saturday on RFD-TV.

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