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 Workshops

Until 2012, the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit held regular pig genetics workshops to demonstrate the latest PIGBLUP developments and present research findings. These workshops were held every 2 years in Armidale, and PIGBLUP users from Australia and overseas regularly attended to discuss a wide range of topics related to genetic improvement of pig production.

The last workshop was held in Armidale on 24 and 25 October 2012. For a news article on the workshop click here.

Papers presented at the Pig Genetics Workshops can be viewed by following the links below.

Tables of contents

Topics covered

  1. Pig genetics – general
  2. Breeding objectives
  3. Genetic evaluations
  4. Proof of profit
  5. Molecular genetics
  6. Selection and mate allocation
  7. Genetics of reproductive traits of the sow
  8. Genetics of performance traits including feed intake and feed conversion ratio
  9. Genetics of carcase composition and meat quality traits
  10. Genetics of behaviour and conformation traits

For further information, please contact the PIGBLUP team (