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 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.

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.

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.

02 6773 3790


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