2017 Interbull Meeting





The 2017 Interbull Annual meeting will be held in Tallin, Estonia from August 25th-27th, in conjunction with the 68th EAAP annual meeting.

Solaris Tallinn


The Interbull meeting will be held within walking distance from the EAAP meeting. The venue for the EAAP meeting and joint EAAP-Interbull sessions will be in Solaris Tallinn, located in the heart of Tallinn within walking distance from the city’s best hotels and most iconic sights. 


Participation to the 2017 Interbull Annual Meeting requires a separate paid registration fee. Information on how to register, costs and hotel booking are all available through the EAAP website:


This year's Interbull Open Meetings will include scientific reports related to the following themes in both beef and dairy cattle:


 1.       Impact of genomic pre-selection on N-GES and I-GES (MACE)

    • Possible sources of bias introduced through genomic pre-selection were discussed during the 2017 Technical Workshop in Ljubljana. During this session in the 2017 Interbull Open Meeting in Tallinn we like to invite papers that address quantification of bias in data used for, and the results of genetic evaluation models.


2.       Model choice & Validation of GES in the genomic era

    • Choice of models that are robust to the biases introduced by the impact of genomic pre-selection.


3.       Integration of new phenotypes/initiatives into (inter)national genetic/genomic evaluations

    • This theme provides the opportunity to share your experiences, activities and plans on the collection of data, and genetic/genomic evaluations of novel phenotypes such as methane emissions, feed intake data and health data. This may, for example, be related to 1) cross-border initiatives for new traits for Interbull evaluation, 2) the integration of data collected in research projects/farms, or 3) the importance of trait definitions, harmonization of traits and reliable flow of phenotype data.


We aim to accept all relevant and good abstracts for presentations. Depending on the number of abstracts that we receive, some authors may need to be asked to present their paper in poster format. Authors will be informed of this, as soon as possible within 3 weeks of the submission deadline.


The related paper should be written according to the InterBulletin Guidelines which are available here


Useful Deadlines:

  • Deadline for title and abstract submission is 14 June 2017 at 23.59 CET;
  • Deadline for submission of presentations: 22 August 2017 at 5 pm CET;
    • Presentations should last no more than 12 minutes; followed by 2 minutes for questions.
  • The final program will be made available by 10 July 2017
  • Deadline for full paper submission: 27 September 2017.


The paper should be submitted via the Interbull Bulletin.


To submit your title for the 2017 Interbull meeting click here


The themes for the joint sessions for EAAP on Monday 28th August have been set as:


Managing genetic diversity in cattle in the era of genomic selection

Chair: Reinhard Reents

Genomic selection programs can provide greater selection response than traditional pedigree-based breeding programs. This may result in a decrease in diversity/increased rate of inbreeding. However, through the possibility of within-family pre-selection, genomic selection may also provide valuable tools for managing genetic diversity and inbreeding.

Abstracts are invited for submission to this Interbull-EAAP session, which provide assistance to cattle breeders in their quest to try and balance fast genetic progress and maintain genetic diversity.


Genetic defects in cattle – identification, finding the mutation and managing it in breeding plans

Chair: Hossein Jorjani

Recessive genetic defects occur naturally in many species. Such defects may result in minor to severe consequences for an animal’s health and welfare, or even  death.

Abstracts are invited for submission to this Interbull-EAAP session, which explore the latest genomic technologies that provide new opportunities in the discovery of genetic defects in cattle, and/or effective ways for animal breeders to manage the prevalence of these defects in breeding plans.


Scientific Program available here

General Program:






Interbull Annual Meeting


Friday 25 August

08:00 to 12:30

Interbull Technical Committee (+ SAC) Meeting 1


13:00 to 19:00

Interbull Steering Committee (+ SAC) Meeting 1


Saturday, 26 August

08:30 to 12:30

Interbull Open Meetings (1+2)


13:30 to 15:30

Interbull Business Meeting 1


16:00 to 18:00

Interbull Open Meetings (3)


19:00 to 22:00

Interbull Dinner


Sunday, 27 August

08:30 to 12:00

Interbull Open Meetings (4+5)


13:00 to 15:00

Interbull Business Meeting 2


15:15 to 17:00

Interbull Technical Committee (+ SAC) Meeting 2


17:00 to 19:00

Interbull Steering Committee Meeting 2


Monday, 28 August

08:30 to 12:30

Joint Session with EAAP Genetics or Cattle Commission



14:00 to 18:00

Joint Session with EAAP Genetics or Cattle Commission


Interbull Centre - Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, SLU - Box 7023, S-75007 Uppsala, Sweden -

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