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AGBU's History


The Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit was established in 1976 by the New South Wales State Department of Agriculture and the University of New England to carry out research, development and training in the genetic improvement of livestock for the benefit of Australian agriculture. From a small beginning of two scientists, one extension specialist and one secretary, under the leadership of Dr Keith Hammond it has grown to a team of over 20 scientists, postgraduate students and support staff. It has an excellent international reputation and as a consequence, an active program of visiting scientists. The Director of AGBU is Dr Robert Banks.

AGBU's achievements include:

These achievements have been made possible by grants from all major livestock R&D funding bodies in particular the MLA and APL and the ongoing support of UNE and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

AGBU's work has greatly assisted the improvement of livestock through breeding in Australia and overseas. A vibrant scientific program continues with regular publication of research results in Scientific Journals. However, its main purpose is to meet ongoing demand from Australia's livestock industry for research, development and training in genetics.