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Past research

 

Our scientists engaged in cattle research

David Johnston (Principal Scientist)

David's current research is focused on developing enhanced evaluation of reproduction traits enabling genomic selection that will drive increase rates of genetic improvement, particularly in tropically adapted breeds.

djohnsto@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 2658

 

Bruce Tier (Principal Scientist)

Bruce has been involved with BREEDPLAN for many years and is in the final stages of the 'single step'.

btier@turing.unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3335

 

Karin Meyer (Principal Scientist)

Statistical methodology in livestock improvement, especially variance component estimation. See  http://didgeridoo.une.edu.au/km/homepage.php for details.

kmeyer.agbu@gmail.com

02 6773 3331

 

Steve Barwick (Research Fellow)

Steve leads the R&D in breeding objectives and selection indexes for beef cattle. A key development of his work is the BreedObject technology.

sbarwick@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3481

 

Kim Bunter (Principal Scientist)

Kim works on breeding program design, factors affecting mortality as well as reproduction and maternal performance.

kbunter2@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3788

 

Vinzent Börner (Scientist)

Vincent develops software for estimation and prediction with genomic data.

vboerner@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 2749

 

Natalie Connors (Junior Research Fellow)

Natalie is a computational biologist beginning a career in animal genetics, involved in improving the Horn/Poll test and genetic contribution programs.

nconnor2@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 5268

 

Tony Henzell (Software Specialist)

Tony works in the area of mixed model estimation and prediction for beef cattle traits and the implementation of this research into the national genetic evaluation scheme BREEDPLAN.

ahenzell@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3782

 

Gilbert Jeyaruban (Senior Scientist)

Gilbert is involved in the research and development of BREEDPLAN for beef cattle genetic evaluation in Australia and overseas.

gjeyarub@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 2879

 

Sam Walkom (Research Fellow)

Sam is part of the team which maintains the genetic evaluation of beef cattle within Breedplan. His role incorporates routine estimation of genetic parameters and development and inclusion of new traits.

swalkom@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 2183

 

Brad Walmsley (Livestock Research Officer)

Brad is responsible for the R&D in breeding objectives and selection indexes for beef cattle including the continued development and support of industry application of the BreedObject technology.

bwalms2@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3781

 

Matt Wolcott (Scientist)

Matt works on Beef cattle genetic evaluation, looking at feed efficiency and its inclusion in selection programs, as well as real time ultrasound scanning for carcass and fertility traits in live cattle and sheep.

mwolcott@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3979

 

Yuandan Zhang (Scientist)

Yuandan works on genomic selection and whole genome association study in livestock (mainly in beef cattle), and genetic evaluation on carcass quality for Australian Wagyu beef.

yzhang4@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3786

 

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MLA