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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 - Topics

  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

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1. Pig genetics – general

J.R. Walters (2010). Have we forgotten about inherited diseases?, UPB Genetic World. (View)

C.R.G. Lewis and K.L. Bunter (2010). Heat stress: The effects of temperature on production and reproduction traits, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch 1and B.G. Luxford 2 (2010). Towards healthy, productive genotypes,1 AGBU, 2 Rivalea (Australia). (View)

R. Walters (2008). Future global sustainability and responsibility – What role for pig genetics?, Livestock Genetics Ltd. (View)

R. Walters 1 and J Wiseman 2 (2008). Science delivery and cost in the pig industry – the British experience, 1 Livestock Genetics Ltd., 2 University of Nottingham. (View)

S. Hermesch (2008). Adoption of further traits to increase genetic gain in the $Index, AGBU. (View)

R. Walters (2006). Reflections on the Australian Pig Breeding Industry, UPB Genetic World SL. (View)

S. Hermesch (2006). Outline of R&D directions for Australian pig genetics, AGBU. (View)

N. Nielsen (2004). A Survey on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) in the pork industry, University of Western Sydney. (View)

J. MacKinnon & R. Walters (2004). European experience with post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) and other PCV2-associated diseases: an update, International Consultants in Pig Breeding and Health. (View)

J.R. Walters & J.D. Mackinnon (2003). European experience with post-weaning multi-systematic wasting syndrome (PWMS) and porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome, International Consultants in Pig Breeding and Health.(View)

J.R. Walters (2001). Commercial needs and the delivery of genetic improvement - success or failure?, UPB Europe Ltd. (View)

T.E. Long (2000). Recent developments in the US Swine Industry, NPD (USA). (View)

T. Mote 1, S. Hermesch 1 & J. van der Werf 2 (2000). Genotype by environment interactions between pig populations in Australia and Indonesia, 1 AGBU, 2 Department of Animal Science, University of New England, Australia. (View)

J.R. Walters (2000). UK observations on lost genetic potential and future possibilities for improved sow performance, UPB Europe. (View)

R. Crump, S. Hermesch, H.-U. Graser (2000). Addressing topics raised by workshop participants, AGBU. (View)

J. Mercer (1998). Improving the efficiency of testing, Independent Breeding Consultants, Harryburn Stables, Lauder, Scotland. (View)

M. Macbeth (1998). Breaking into the AI cycle, Animal Research Institute, Queensland Department of Primary Industry. (View)

C. McPhee (1998). Pig Selection Experiments, Animal Research Institute, Queensland Department of Primary Industry. (View)

J. Mercer (1998). Use of electronic recording systems in pig breeding, Independant Breeding Consultants, Lauder, Scotland. (View)

K.L. Bunter 1 & T.S. Stewart 2 (1997). Surfing the Net, 1 AGBU, 2 Purdue University, USA. (View)

K.L. Bunter, B. Tier & D.J. Johnston (1997). Accuracy of EBV's, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1993). Progeny test for AI-sires based on field results, Institute of Animal Science, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

K. Hammond (1991). Organising your recording system to optimise management decisions, AGBU. (View)

T.E. Long (1991). The Breeding Program, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1991). Recent Research Findings in Pig Breeding, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

K. Hammond (1991). Putting it all together, AGBU. (View)

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2. Breeding objectives

H. Brandt (1997). Selection Indices Used in Germany, Institute of Animal Science, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

T.S. Stewart (1997). Selection in the US Pork Industry, Purdue University, USA. (View)

H.-U. Graser & A.L. Henzell (1997). Implementation of Buyers Own Index in PIGBLUP, AGBU. (View)

T.S. Stewart (1997). User Indexes vs $ Index, Purdue University, USA. (View)

T.E. Long (1993). Determining Inputs to $INDEX to Optimise Breeding Goals, AGBU. (View)

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3. Genetic evaluations

A. Henzell (2008). PIGBLUP version 6.00, AGBU. (View).

R. Crump (2006). NPIP and PBSELECT, AGBU. (View)

A.L. Henzell (2006). PIGBLUP update, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch & R. Crump (2006). Tips for making better use of PIGBLUP, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & B. Tier (2004). Use of marker information in PIGBLUP v5.20, AGBU. (View)

A. Henzell & R. Crump (2004). PIGBLUP version 5.20: Flexible traits and data input, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & S. Hermesch (2004). The National Pig Improvement Program (NPIP) - update, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & S. Hermesch (2003). National pig improvement program, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & A.L. Henzell (2003). PIGBLUP Version 5.10, AGBU. (View)

A.L. Henzell (2001). PIGBLUP Version 5.00, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump (2001). The National Pig Improvement Program, AGBU. (View)

J. McSweeney (2000). PIGBLUP Online -The Present and Future, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & A.L. Henzell (2000). Introducing PIGBLUP version 4.20, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & A.L. Henzell (2000). Problems Encountered by PIGBLUP users, AGBU. (View)

A.L. Henzell (2000). The Migrate Program, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump & A.L. Henzell (1998). PIGBLUP - Version 4.00, AGBU. (View)

A.L. Henzell (1998). PIGBLUP and the Year 2000, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump (1998). PIGBLUP reproduction mode, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch (1997). Comparison of Genetic Parameters in PIGBLUP with UNE17P parameters, AGBU. (View)

K.L. Bunter (1995). Connectedness in Across Herd Genetic Evaluations, AGBU. (View)

C.P. McPhee, G.M. Macbeth & P.R. Smith (1995). Genetic Linking of Pig Farm, Testing Station and Artificial Insemination Centre, Queensland Department of Primary Industry, Australia. (View)

T.E. Long (1993). National Genetic Evaluation Programs in the USA, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1993). National Genetic Evaluation Systems in Germany, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

H.-U. Graser (1993). Modern Genetic Evaluation Procedures, Why BLUP?, AGBU. (View)

A.L. Henzell (1993). What's New in PIGBLUP?, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1993). Across-breed Analyses, Institute of Animal Science, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

T.E. Long (1993). Across-Herd Genetic Evaluations, AGBU. (View)

W. Fuchs (1991). What does PIGBLUP do for you?, Agricultural Busines Research Institute, University of New England, Australia. (View)

T.E. Long (1991). Getting the most out of PIGBLUP and $INDEX, AGBU. (View)

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4. Proof of profit

S. Hermesch and R.M. Jones (2010). Phenotypic trends for traits of the growing pig and the sow, AGBU. (View).

S. Hermesch (2006). From genetic to phenotypic trends, AGBU (View)

M. Suarez 1, J. Braun 2, & S. Hermesch 1 (2006). The relationship between reproductive performance of crossbred sows and the EBVs of their purebred dams, 1 AGBU, 2 Myora Farm. (View)

S. Hermesch (1997). Performance of Gilts and Boars with High and Low EBV's for Litter Size, Average Daily Gain and Backfat, AGBU. (View)

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5. Molecular genetics

M.F. Rothschild (2010). Genetic and genomic technologies from A-Z, Iowa State University. (View)

B. Kinghorn (2008). Genomic selection – potential for pig breeding, AGBU. (View)

C. Moran (2004). Progress in porcine genomics, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney. (View)

C. Moran (2003). QTL detection and utilisation in pigs, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney. (View)

R.J. Kerr 1, Y. Chen & C. Moran 2 (2001). A review of Quantitative trait loci in pigs, 1 AGBU, 2 Reprogen, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, NSW. (View)

C. Moran (2001). Mapping and exploiting economically important genes in Australian pigs, Centre for Advanced Technologies in Animal Genetics and Reproduction (REPOGEN) University of Sydney. (View)

R.J. Kerr 1, Y. Chen 2, J.M. Henshall 1, B.G. Luxford 3 & C. Moran 2 (2000). "We are searching! What are we finding?", 1 AGBU, 2 Department of Animal Science, University of Sydney, Australia, 3 Bunge Meat Industries Ltd, NSW, Australia. (View)

C. Moran (1998). Practical applications of molecular research on pigs, Department of Animal Science, University of Sydney, Australia. (View)

R. Kerr (1998). QTL discovery and applying results to industry, AGBU. (View)

C.McPhee (1995). The Effect of Major and Minor Genes on Pig Traits and Profitability, Queensland Department of Primary Industry, Australia.(View)

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6. Selection and mate allocation

S. Newman 1, V.D. Kremer 2 and B.P. Kinghorn 3 (2010). Mate selection in pigs: a porcine match.com, 1 Genus/PIC USA, 2 Genus/PIC, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, 3 UNE. (View)

R. Crump & B. Tier (2001). Mate Selection, AGBU. (View)

T.S. Stewart (1997). Mate Selection, Purdue University, USA. (View)

K. L. Bunter 1, T.E. Long 2 & B. Teir 1 (1995). Application of Mate Selection to Pig Breeding Programs, 1 AGBU, 2 University of Nebraska, USA. (View)

T.E. Long (1993). Using the Genetic Audit and Mate Selection Modules to Enhance your Genetic Progress, AGBU. (View)

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7. Genetics of reproductive traits of the sow

K.L. Bunter and C.R.G. Lewis (2010). Sow development, reproductive performance and longevity, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch (2010). Consequences of selection for lean growth and prolificacy on piglet survival and sow attribute traits, AGBU. (View)

P. Tabuarici, K.L. Bunter and H.-U. Graser (2010). Improving piglet survival: traits for piglet vitality at birth, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch and K.L. Bunter (2010). Busting myths to broaden our horizons, AGBU.(View)

K. Bunter 1, R. Smits 2, B. Luxford 2 & S. Hermesch 1 (2008). Sow body composition and its associations with reproductive and litter growth performance of the primiparous sow, 1 AGBU, 2 QAF Meat Industries. (View)

S. Hermesch, R. Jones & K. Bunter (2008). Feed intake of sows during lactation has genetic relationships with growth and lifetime performance of sows, AGBU. (View)

D. Marois & M. Larochelle (2008). Genetic selection on number of teats, Génétiporc. (View)

K. Bunter 1, S. Hermesch 1 & B. Luxford 2 (2006).Sow feed intake and lifetime reproductive performance, 1 AGBU, 2 QAF Meat Industries. (View)

S. Hermesch (2006). First analysis of factors influencing feed intake of sows during lactation, AGBU. (View)

E. Knol & R. Bergsma (2004). Piglet survival and sow efficiency, Institute for Pig Genetics, Beuningen, The Netherlands. (View)

R. Walters, (2004). How do we manage gilts for good lifetime performance? UPB Europe Ltd. (View)

M. Suarez 1, S. Hermesch 1, J. Braun 2, H.-U. Graser 1 (2004). Genetic parameters of reproductive traits recorded at different parities in Landrace and Large White sows, 1 AGBU, 2 Myora Farm. (View)

S. Hermesch (2001). Genetic analysis of individual piglet traits together with juvenile IGF-1 and performance traits, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch (2001). Avenues for genetic improvement of litter size and litter mortality, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch (2000). A first analysis of piglet mortality identifying important factors, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1998). Individual piglet birth weight, Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

S. Hermesch (1995). Study of NBA and its Relationship with Other Traits, AGBU. (View)

E. Tholen 1, K.L. Bunter 2, S. Hermesch 2 & H.-U. Graser 2 (1995). The Genetic Foundation of Fitness and Reproduction Traits in Australian Pig Populations, I. Genetic Parameters for weaning to conception interval, farrowing interval and stayability, 1 University of Bonn, Germany, 2 AGBU. (View)

E. Tholen 1, K.L. Bunter 2, S. Hermesch 2 & H.-U. Graser 2 (1995). The Genetic Foundation of Fitness and Reproduction Traits in Australian Pig Populations, II. Relationships between weaning to conception interval, farrowing interval, stayability and other common reproduction and production traits , 1 University of Bonn, Germany, 2 AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1995). Sow Wastage and Effects on Stayability of Sows: Some German Results, Institute of Animal Science, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

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8. Genetics of performance traits including feed intake and
    feed conversion ratio

K.L. Bunter 1, W. Cai 1 & J. Dekkers 2 (2006). Residual feed intake and juvenile IGF-I, AGBU. (View)

J. McSweeny 1, S. Hermesch & R. Crump 2 (2003). Genetic analysis of feeding pattern traits in pigs, 1 Genetic Solutions, 2 AGBU. (View)

J.R. Walters (2003). How important is feed intake? UPB Europe Ltd. (View)

S. Hermesch (2003). Feed intake in group housed pigs - considerations for breeding programs, AGBU. (View)

K.L. Bunter 1 & U. Wuensch 2 (2003). Juvenile IGF-I: an update, 1 AGBU, 2 Pig Breeding Association of Middle Germany. (View)

J. McSweeny (2001). Evaluation of an electronic feeder system used in group-housed pigs, AGBU. (View)

A. Huisman (2001). Random regression models, a novel approach to growth curves, Animal Breeding and Genetics Group, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University. (View)

K.L. Bunter (2001). Use of Juvenile IGF-1 in Breeding Programs, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch (2000). Towards a better understanding of the genetics of lean meat growth - from UNE20P to UNE23P, AGBU. (View)

J.L. Black (2000). Addressing the Growth Gap, John L. Black Consulting, Warrimoo, NSW, Australia. (View)

S. Hermesch (1998). Genetics of efficient lean meat growth under ad libitum and restricted feeding, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch 1, K. Egbert 2 & J. Eissen 2 (1998). Description of a growth model: The linear-plateau model, 1 AGBU, 2 Wageningen Agricultural University, Animal Breeding and Genetics Group, Wageningen, The Netherlands. (View)

B.G. Luxford 1, K.L. Bunter 2, P.C. Owens 3 & R.G. Campbell 1 (1998). Use of IGF-1 as a selection criteria in pig breeding, 1 Bunge Meat Industries, 2 University of New England, 3 University of Adelaide. (View)

H. Brandt (1998). Boar fertility, Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

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9. Genetics of carcase composition and meat quality traits

R.M. Jones and S. Hermesch, (2010). First genetic analysis of blood haemoglobin levels and iron content in pork, AGBU. (View)

S. Hermesch and R.M. Jones, (2010). Strategies to improve market value of pig carcases, AGBU. (View)

O. Vangen (2010). The effects of including CT in pig breeding programs, Norwegian University of Life Sciences. View)

I. Mérour 1 & S. Hermesch 2 (2008). Variation and trends for weight of individual carcase cuts, 1 IFIP, 2 AGBU. (View)

I. Mérour (2008). Selection for carcase composition and meat quality in the national pig breeding program in France, IFIP. (View)

R. Walters (2006). Prospects for the genetic improvement of meat and eating quality - where do we go from here?, UPB Genetic World SL. (View)

S. Nakavisut, R. Crump & H.-U. Graser (2006). Body length and its genetic relationships with production and reproduction traits in pigs, AGBU. (View)

E. Knol & D. Prins (2004). Implementation of selection for carcass quality in a pig breeding program in the Netherlands, Institute for Pig Genetics, Beuningen, The Netherlands. (View)

S. Hermesch 1 & J. O'Shea 2 (2004). Genetic analysis of pork bellies,1 AGBU, 2 QAF Meat Industries. (View)

K. Bunter 1 & C. Bennett 2 (2004). Genotype comparisons for meat and eating quality traits, 1 AGBU, 2 QAF Meat Industries. (View)

S. Hermesch (1995). Genetics of Meat Quality Characteristics - Australian Work, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1995). New Meat Quality Characteristics, Institute of Animal Science, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

S. Hermesch (1995). Economic Evaluation of Recording Meat Quality Traits from Pedigreed Animals, AGBU. (View)

H. Brandt (1995). Boar Tait - Can We Breed It Away Or Do We Cut It Away?, Institute of Animal Science, University of Gottingen, Germany. (View)

T.E. Long (1995). Boar Tait - Can We Breed It Away Or Do We Cut It Away?, University of Nebraska, USA. (View)

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10. Genetics of behaviour and conformation traits

R. Jones & S. Hermesch (2008). Group characteristics influence the performance of individual commercially raised pigs, AGBU. (View)

R. Jones & S. Hermesch (2008). When pigs fly; what does it mean?, AGBU. (View)

R. Crump (2004). Genetics of temperament: Flight time and the movement meter, AGBU. (View)

K.L. Bunter 1 & R. Lansdowne 2 (2004). Genetics of temperament: What do we know about the "back test?" 1 AGBU, 2 Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney. (View)

R. Giles 1, R. Lansdowne 2 & K. James 3 (2003). Measurement of temperament in pigs, 1 NSW Agriculture, 2 Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, 3 NSW Agriculture. (View)

H.-U. Graser (2003). Investigating the use of 'flight time' in commercial nucleus herds, AGBU. (View)

C. Bennett 1 & K.L. Bunter 2 (2003). Heritability estimates for conformation traits in pigs, 1 QAF Meat Industries, 2 AGBU. (View)

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