As you will hear in this training, I admittedly have not been a fan of cattle cloning. After reading about the amazing results that have been accomplished so far in a collaboration with a number of organizations and West Texas A & M (WTAMU) I decided I needed to reevaluate my opinion. I have had the idea that cloning was in a sense "playing God" which I have a problem with. What I realized is that my opinion wasn't based on facts but personal feelings. To educate myself as much as you I decided to do a training with Dr. Ty Lawrence, the head of the meat sciences department at WTAMU.
My goal with this training was to answer two primary questions. Is cattle cloning really something we should be messing with and trying to use? Is cattle cloning really viable for the beef industry? We answer these questions in this training as well as quite a bit more.
"Is cattle cloning something we should be doing?"
This is a very interesting and informative training. If you are in the beef business at ANY point in the livestock raising process, you want to listen to this training with Dr. Ty Lawrence.
Some of the interesting things you will find in this training are the goal of the project, the detailed description of the process to create a cloned animal and the viability of the process. Dr. Lawrence and team have gotten a long way into the process which is how they have results but there is more to go, learn and prove.
Let me share with you a little more about Dr. Lawrence. Dr. Ty Lawrence is a professor of animal science at West Texas A&M University. He was reared on a cow-calf operation near Dalhart, Texas before pursuing formal education at West Texas A&M University (B.S., M.S.) and Kansas State University (Ph.D.). Dr. Lawrence spent 2 years with Smithfield in the position of research manager for pork harvest and processing facilities on the eastern seaboard before entering his academic career. In his current position at West Texas A&M University, he has taught over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 13 different animal, food and meat science courses. He has advised 4 Ph.D. and 22 M.S. students. In addition, Dr. Lawrence is the Director of the WTAMU – Beef Carcass Research Center, which annually evaluates approximately 50,000 cattle for a variety of research projects. He also serves as the Director of the WTAMU – Meat Laboratory. His research activities focus on improving the yield and quality of red meat products and have resulted in the publication of 68 peer-reviewed scientific journal manuscripts. Dr. Lawrence has received the AMSA Distinguished Achievement Award and was a recipient of the inaugural 40 under 40 awards in Agriculture from the Vance Publishing Group.
You will get a LOT out of this training and Dr. Lawrence is happy to answer any question that you have so be sure to write your questions in the comment section below this training and expect a response from Dr. Lawrence.