What's New

An article by AGBU PhD student, Sarita Guy, on Breeding Focus 2016 and the Pig Genetics Workshop has been published in the Australian Pork Newspaper.

AGBU has just hosted Breeding Focus 2016 Improving Welfare. Discussions covered cattle, sheep, pigs, ethics and crocodiles. Have a look at photos and comments on our facebook and twitter links.

Breeding Focus 2014: Improving Resilience
This industry workshop was held at the end of October 2014 and provided a discussion forum for over 40 scientists, breeders and representatives from the livestock and aquaculture industries.

The topics presented at the workshop have been published as a book “Breeding Focus 2014 – Improving resilience” which can be purchased from AGBU. Abstracts of the papers are available as a pdf and individual papers can also be downloaded.


Pig Genetics


AGBU provides a number of services to the Australian pig industry in relation to genetic improvement of high quality pork production.

AGBU has a strong tradition in research and development of pig genetics. Computer algorithms have been developed for estimation of breeding values and optimisation of selection and mate allocation decisions. The genetic foundation of reproduction, production, carcase and meat quality traits has been researched. Further research topics included detection of Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL), the use of gene markers, genotype by environment (ie. nutrition, feeding levels, countries) interactions, feeding behaviour of group housed pigs and analysis of crossbreeding data. Visiting scientists from across the world have participated in some of this research.

AGBU prepares material for extension and training purposes including the Pig Genetics Information sheets, which provide information for breeders and producers alike. The Pig Genetics workshops that are held every two years have been a long tradition at AGBU and regularly attract overseas visitors.

AGBU is responsible for the development and support of the genetic evaluation system PIGBLUP, a program that is used worldwide. The PIGBLUP platform is also used at AGBU for the across-herd genetic evaluations of the National Pig Improvement Program. The latest addition to AGBU's services has been an automated PIGBLUP Bureau Service, which allows pork producers to obtain Estimated Breeding Values for their on-farm selection decisions.

AGBU provides confidential consultancy services to the majority of Australian pig breeding companies.

AGBU has continuously received financial support from Australian Pork Limited (APL) and its predecessor the Pig Research and Development Corporation (PRDC).