Turkey Genetics 101: January 25, 2018

Turkey Genetics 101

Have you ever wondered about the role of genetics in turkey production? Who decides what the future turkey will look like?

Our next webinar features Hybrid Turkeys Geneticist, Owen Willems, who will introduce you to the wonderful world of turkey genetics. He will also provide insights into the Hybrid breeding program and the benefits this brings to turkey growers around the world.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What is DNA?
  • What is breeding and who decides what is needed?
  • What is selection?
  • What is genetic gain?

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday January 25, 2018

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM EST

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About the speaker

Owen Willems is a Geneticist with Hybrid Turkeys and is in charge of the breeding program. His education includes an Undergaduate Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics as well as an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics; all from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).

Since 2011 Owen has worked in various capacities within the turkey, swine and layer businesses of Hendrix Genetics. His key areas of expertise lie in breeding technology, feed conversion, and animal genetics. Owen is also a core member of a new Hendrix Genetics team focused on creating and running an internal training course titled 'Genetics for non-geneticists'.

With his diverse knowledge of animal genetics, and experience in turkey breeding, Owen will provide a solid foundation of knowledge about genetics and what the role of the turkey breeding program means for birds on your farm.

Owen Willems Ph.D.