The 2012 Pig Genetics Workshop was held in Armidale on 24 and 25 October.
Susanne Hermesch and Rob Jones held a webinar on 15 February on the topic "Genetic analyses of haemoglobin levels in pigs and iron content in pork".
Craig Lewis held a webinar on 1 June on the topic "Towards more uniform pig performance".
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).