Breeding Focus 2018

Reducing Heat Stress

The third workshop in the Breeding Focus series will be held in Armidale on the 19th and 20th of September 2018. The topic of this workshop is Reducing Heat Stress in livestock, plants and aquaculture. The physiological and economic consequences of heat stress will be outlined and strategies to reduce the impact of heat stress will be presented. Without doubt, these presentations will stimulate discussions among participants from the scientific and industry communities as has been the case at previous workshops.

The workshop will be held at the Armidale Bowling Club.  Registration is $395 per person or $350 for students.  This will include the conference publication, morning and afternoon teas, lunches and the conference dinner which will be held on the evening of the 19th at the Bowling Club.

Talks will commence at 10.30 on the 19th September and will finish with afternoon tea at around 3.00pm on the 20th.

A range of accommodation options are available in Armidale and we suggest you visit

Collection from Armidale airport can be arranged if you advise us of your flight details.

Please also contact us to make arrangements for accompanying non-delegates or for information on special dietary requirements.

Register for Breeding Focus 2018


  • Kim Bunter (AGBU), The challenge of improving tolerance to heat stress in livestock species
  • Annika Bunz (Rivalea), Breeding for reduced seasonal infertility and reduced response to heat stress in sows and boars
  • Wallace Cowling, (University of Western Australia), Turning the heat up on independent culling in crop breeding
  • Roberto Carvalheiro (Sao Paulo State University), Genetic sensitivity of beef cattle to environmental variation
  • Rebecca Darbyshire (NSW Department of Primary Industries), Addressing heat stress in pome fruit
  • Alister Hawksford (Bureau of Meteorology), Climate, weather and water services for livestock industries
  • Susanne Hermesch (AGBU), Evaluating the impact of climate factors on growth of pigs
  • Rachelle Meyer & Richard Eckart (Primary Industries Climate Challenge Centre, Melbourne), Heat stress impacts and responses in livestock production
  • Thuy Nguyen (Agriculture Victoria), A tool to breed for heat tolerance in dairy cattle
  • Jan Strugnell (James Cook University), Summer mortality in molluscs: the genetic basis for resilience and susceptibility
  • Andrew Swan (AGBU), Sheep breeding objectives under climate change
  • Gene Wijffles (CSIRO Agriculture and Food), Towards breeding for heat tolerance and resilience in beef cattle

    Multiple species - Think outside the box - Focus on interaction


    Individual papers from Breeding Focus 2016 Improving Welfare and Breeding Focus 2014 are available to download and the workshop books can be purchased.