NEF Webinar: Just in Time – Using Science to Save our Breeds
The first special interest webinar in our series preceding the 29th National Equine Forum (#NEF21) is entitled “Just in Time – Using Science to Save our Breeds”. It will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 13th January 2021.
Delivered by industry leaders, this webinar will take the audience on a journey to understand how many of our breeds are facing decline, and what needs to happen now in order to safeguard the future. Opening with a fascinating look at how the extinction vortex has impacted the natural world and how it applies to our equine breeds, the webinar will continue with a close look at the challenging situation of inbreeding in Thoroughbreds. The next two speakers will showcase how focused research using DNA analysis can provide breed societies and breeders keystone support to guide decisions that can increase effective populations. This will be endorsed with a case study to show proof of concept that breeds in decline have a chance to be saved when genomics and kinship analysis are utilised.