Prof. Dr. Johann Sölkner:
Johann Sölkner, Full Professor of Animal Breeding and Population Genetics, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.
Has close links to the Fleckvieh community, involved in establishing breeding value estimation, genomic selection and the national Fleckvieh breeding program. Also working internationally, with collaborations in South America, Russia and several countries of Africa.
Future Fleckvieh: stargazing options and opportunities, from traditional breeding to gene editing”“
Over the last few decades, Fleckvieh has changed, very much to the better. Production increased enormously while fitness did not suffer, thanks to intelligent and responsible breeding strategies. But what next?? To my mind, breeding objectives are well balanced between health and productivity and do not need much change. The tools will change, for phenotyping and genotyping. Precision livestock farming tools, including automatic milking systems and sensors, provide a new perspective on precise phenotypes for improved breeding. Precision breeding may also involve some gene editing, for better heat tolerance for instance.