URBANA, Ill. — The American-International Charolais Association will host “Charolais on Feed: The Genetics of Feed Efficiency Field Day” on Aug. 22-23 at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Urbana, and on the University of Illinois campus.

The field day is co-sponsored by the U of I Department of Animal Sciences and the National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency.

The event will feature tours of the U of I Beef and Sheep Field Research Lab, including views of the feed efficiency intake facilities and Charolais sired calves on feed. Speakers and topics during Thursday’s program will include:

* Genetics/Genomics: The Basics — Jonathan Beever, Department of Animal Sciences, U of I;

* The Weight Traits Project: What We’ve Learned — Matt Spangler, Animal Science Department, University of Nebraska;

* Genomic-Enhanced EPDs and Selection Indexes — Bob Weaber, Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University;

* Feed Efficiency Projects at the University of Illinois — Dan Shike, Department of Animal Sciences, U of I; and

* The National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle — Jerry Taylor, Animal Sciences, University of Missouri.

Reservations can be made at www.charolaisusa.com.