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Breeding Focus 2018 Reducing Heat Stress was held in Armidale on 19 & 20 September.

Topics presented at Breeding Focus 2018 Reducing Heat Stress, Breeding Focus 2016 Improving Welfare and Breeding Focus 2014 Improving Resilience were published into books which are available for purchase from AGBU. Abstracts of the papers for 2014, 2016 and 2018 are available as a pdfs and individual papers can also be downloaded.

 

Pig Genetics

AGBU has a strong tradition in research and development of pig genetics. The genetic foundation of reproduction, production, carcase and meat quality traits has been researched, as has the 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, and hosts workshops every two years and regularly attract overseas visitors. We are responsible for the development and support of the genetic evaluation system PIGBLUP, a program that is used worldwide, and provide confidential consultancy services to the majority of Australian pig breeding companies.


Our scientists engaged in pig research

Kim Bunter (Principal Scientist)

Kim is investigating strategies for genetic improvement of maternal performance, longevity and survival and addressing implementation issues for effective breeding program development.

kbunter2@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3788

 

Susanne Hermesch (Principal Scientist)

Susanne works on genetic improvement of pork production, in particular on developing selection strategies for robustness and disease resilience.

susanne.hermesch@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3787

 

Li Li (Senior Scientist)

Li was involved in part of the pork CRC research project "Quantifying variation in environments within and across herds" and contributes to further developments of PIGBLUP.

lli4@unenull.edu.au

02 6773 3790

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