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2015

Books and Book Chapters

Conference, Workshop and Seminar Publications - Refereed

Conference, Workshop and Seminar Papers - Other

Journal Articles - Refereed

Other Articles

Reports, Monographs and Technical Bulletins

Seminars, Presentations and Talks to Outside Bodies

Software Development

Theses


Books and Book Chapters

 

 

Conference, Workshop and Seminar Papers - Refereed

Aldridge, M; Brown, D J and Pitchford, W (2015).  “Genetic and phenotypic relationships between kid survival and birth weight in Australian meat goats.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 350-353.

Banks, R G (2015).  “Realising genetic improvement for the Extensive Livestock Industries as a whole.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 233-236.

Banks, R G and Tier, B (2015).  “Considerations in the use of commercial data for genetic evaluation in beef and sheep in Australia.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 169-172.

Börner, V and Tier, B (2015).  “BESSiE a program for multivariate linear model BLUP and Bayesian analysis of large scale genomic data.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 390-392.

Bunter, K L (2015). “Fighting of gilts after mixing is associated with early removals, altered litter sex ratio and lower piglet survival.”  Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Pig Science Association (APSA), Melbourne, Victoria, November 22-25. Animal Production Science  55 (12): 1509-1509.  Manipulating Pig Production XV  doi: org/10.1071/ANv55n12Ab017.

Bunter, K L and Boardman, K L (2015).  “Ranking for fight lesion scores is not consistent over time.”  Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Pig Science Association (APSA), Melbourne, Victoria, November 22-25.  Animal Production Science  55 (12): 1493-1493.  Manipulating Pig Production XV  doi: org/10.1071/ANV55N12AB016.

Brown, D J and van der Werf, J H J (2015).  “Genetic correlations between purebred and crossbred performance of Poll Dorset sheep.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 177-180.

Bunter, K L and Brown, D J (2015).  “Revisiting total weaning weight as a selection criterion.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 201-204.

Graham, P; Swan, A A and Banks, R G (2015).  “Merino breeding objectives under climate change.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 245-248.

Granleese, T; Clark, S A; Swan, A A and van der Werf, J H J (2015).  “Accounting for the cost of reproductive technologies during selection in sheep breeding programs.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 33-36.

Guy, S Z; Hermesch, S and Thomson, P C (2015).  “Backfat as an environmental descriptor in defining growth rate of the pig: a GxE analysis.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp. 457-460.

Hatcher, S and Brown, D J (2015).  “Is fibre comfort factor required in Merino breeding programs?”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp. 205-208.

Hatcher, S; Brown, D J; Brien, F D and Hebart, M L (2015).  “Genetic relationships between breech cover, wrinkle and lamb survival in Merino sheep.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 354-357.

Hermesch, S; Arnal, M M A; Börner, V and Dominik, S (2015).  “Selection strategies for breeding objectives in growing pigs.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 1-4.

Hermesch, S; Sokolinski, R; Johnston, R and Newman, S (2015).  “Economic implications of environmental variation observed in a pig nucleus farm in Australia.”  Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Pig Science Association (APSA), Melbourne, Victoria, November 22-25.  Animal Production Science  55 (12): 1466-1466.  Manipulating Pig Production XV  doi: org/10.1071/ANV55N12AB066.

Li, L; Swan, A A; Brown, D J and van der Werf, J H J (2015).  “Australian sheep breeding values for worm egg count retain predictive power across flocks in the presence of GxE.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 386-389.

Lumby, J C; Bunter, K L and Wynn, P C (2015).  “Locomotion scores in early gestation of younger parity sows are associated with fight lesions and body condition.”  Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Pig Science Association (APSA), Melbourne, Victoria, November 22-25  Animal Production Science  55 (12): 1510-1510.  Manipulating Pig Production XV doi: org/10.1071/ANV55N12AB012.

McMillan, A J and Brown, D J (2015).  “Effect of different data exclusion policies on the heritability of fat depth in maternal, Merino and terminal sheep.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 417-420.

Meyer, K (2015). “Mildly penalized maximum likelihood estimation of genetic covariances matrices without tuning.” Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 – 30, pp 278-281.

Meyer, K and Colditz, I G (2015).  “Estimates of genetic parameters for seasonal weight changes of beef cows.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 193-196.

Meyer, K; Swan, A A and Tier, B (2015).  “Computing for multi-trait single-step genomic evaluation of Australian sheep.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 429-432.

Moghaddar, N; Swan, A A and van der Werf, J H J (2015).  “Accuracy of genomic prediction for Merino wool traits using high-density marker genotypes.” Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 165-168.

Mortimer, S I; Swan, A A; Pannier, L; Ball, A J; Jacob, R H; van der Werf, J H J and Pethick, D W (2015).  “Genetic parameters for eating quality traits of Australian lamb.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 209-212.

Piper, L R; Bindon, B M; Swan, A A and Brewer, H G (2015).  “Genetic selection for litter size in cattle.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 101-105.

Pitchford, W S; Lee, S J; Donoghue, K A and Walmsley, B J (2015).  “Selection for reduced mature cow weight should not reduce body condition unless accompanied by selection for increased fat.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 189-192.

Sales, N; Collins, D; Collins, A M; McKenna, T; Bauer, M M; Parke, C R and Hermesch, S (2015).  “Porcine haptoglobin levels measured at 7–14 days after weaning were independent of age, weight or gender.”  Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Pig Science Association (APSA), Melbourne, Victoria, November 22-25  Animal Production Science  55 (12): 1457-1457.  Manipulating Pig Production XV doi: org/10.1071/ANV55N12AB100.

Swan, A A (2015).  Fibre diameter measured in the post-weaning age window is genetically the same trait as yearling fibre diameter.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 338-341.

Swan, A A; Pleasants, A and Pethick, D (2015).  Breeding to improve meat eating quality in terminal sire sheep breeds.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 29-32.

Tier, B; Meyer, K and Ferdosi, M H (2015).  Which genomic relationship matrix?”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 461-464.

Walkom, S F; Jeyaruban, M G and Johnston, D J (2015).  “Impact of scanning lean cattle on the genetic correlation between scan and carcase intramuscular fat in Angus and Hereford cattle.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 253-256.

Walmsley, B J; Wolcott, M L Pitchford, W S; Johnston, D J and Barwick, S A (2015).  “Extended cow liveweight modelling for beef cattle breeding objectives.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 13-16.

Wolcott, M L; Zhang, Y D and Johnston, D J (2015).  Improving the accuracy of genomic selection for lactation anoestrous interval in Brahman cattle.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 382-385.

Zhang, Y; Tier, B and Banks, R G (2015).  “Genetic analyses on carcase characters of Australian Wagyu beef cattle.”  Proceedings of the 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics. Lorne, Victoria. September 28 - 30, pp 409-412.

 

Conference, Workshop and Seminar Papers – Other

Brown, D (2015).  “Genetic improvement for internal parasite resistance.”  Joint annual meeting ADSA – ASAS, Orlando, Florida, July 12-16.

 

Journal Articles - Refereed

Al-Mamun, H A; Kwan, P; Clark, S A; Ferdosi, M H; Tellam, R and Gondro, C (2015).  “Genome-wide association study of body weight in Australian Merino sheep reveals an orthologous region on OAR6 to human and bovine genomic regions affecting height and weight.”  Genetics Selection Evolution 47:66  doi: 10.1186/s12711-015-0142-4.

Brown, D J, Swan, A A, Gill, J S, Ball, A J and Banks, R G (2015).  “Genetic parameters for liveweight, wool and worm resistance traits in multi-breed Australian meat sheep. 1. Description of traits, fixed effects, variance components and their ratios.”  Animal Production Science 56 (9): 1442-1448 doi: org/10.1071/AN14787.

Brown, D J and Swan, A A (2015).  “Genetic parameters for liveweight, wool and worm resistance traits in multi-breed Australian meat sheep. 2. Genetic relationships between traits.”  Animal Production Science 56 (9): 1449-1453 doi: org/10.1071/AN14788.

Bunter, K L; Lewis, C R G and Newman, S (2015).  “Social genetic effects influence reproductive performance of group-housed sows.”  Journal of Animal Science  93 (8): 3783-3793  doi: 10.2527/jas2015-9111.

Hermesch, S; Li, L; Doeschl-Wilson, A B and Gilbert, H (2015).  “Selection for productivity and robustness traits in pigs.”  Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Australian Pig Science Association (APSA), Melbourne, Victoria, November 22-25.  Animal Production Science  55 (12): 1437-1447.  Manipulating Pig Production XV  doi: org/10.1071/AN15275.

Houle, D and Meyer, K (2015).  “Estimating sampling error of evolutionary statistics based on genetic covariance matrices using maximum likelihood.”  Journal of Evolutionary Biology  28 (8): 1542-1549  doi: 10.1111/jeb.12674.

Kerr, R J; McRae, T A; Dutkowski, G W and Tier, B (2015).  “Managing the rate of increase in average co-ancestry in a rolling front tree breeding strategy.”  Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 132 (2): 109-120  doi: 10.1111/jbg.12157.

Kingsolver, J G; Heckman, N; Zhang, J; Carter, P A; Knies, J L; Stinchcombe, J R and Meyer, K (2015).  “Genetic variation, simplicity and evolutionary constraints for function-valued traits.”  The American Naturalist  185:E166–E181. doi: 10.1086/681083.

Lei, E; Yao, F; Heckman, N and Meyer, K (2015).  “Functional data model for genetically related individuals with application to cow growth.” Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics  24 (3): 756-770 doi: 10.1080/10618600.2014.948180.

Li L and Hermesch, S (2015).  “Environmental variation and breed sensitivity for growth rate and backfat depth in pigs.”  Animal Production Science 56 (1): 61-69   doi: 10.1071/AN14066.

Meyer, K (2015).  “Simple penalties on maximum likelihood estimates of genetic parameters to reduce sampling variation.”  bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/034447.

Meyer, K; Swan, A A and Tier, B (2015).  “Technical note: Genetic principal component models for multitrait single-step genomic evaluation.”  Journal of Animal Science  93 (10): 4624-4628  doi: 10.2527/jas.2015-9333.

Notter, D and Brown, D J (2015).  “Effects of birth-rearing type on weaning weights in meat sheep are systematically associated with differences in mean performance among flocks.”  Genetics Selection Evolution  47 (1): 57  doi: 10.1186/s12711-015-0136-2.

Rowe, J and Banks, R G (2015).  Sheep industry productivity – the role of genomics and digital data.”  Farm Policy Journal 12 (1): 21-31.

Swan, A A; Brown, D J and van der Werf, J H J (2015).  “Genetic variation within and between subpopulations of the Australian Merino breed.”  Animal Production Science   doi: org/10.1071/AN14560.

Tongsiri, S; Jeyaruban, M G and van der Werf, J H J (2015).  “Genetic parameters for egg production traits in purebred and hybrid chicken in a tropical environment" British Poultry Science  56 (6): 613-620  doi: 10.1080/00071668.2015.1099614.

 

Other Articles

Hermesch, S (2015).  “Making genes fit for a pig. Pork CRC Projects 2B-101, 2B-102, 2B-103, 2B-104.”  Australian Pork Newspaper, April 2015, page 10.

 

Reports, Monographs and Technical Bulletins

Hermesch, S; Sales, N; Mckenna, T; Parke, C R and Bauer, M M (2015).  “Selection for disease resilience - Pilot study.”  Final Report prepared for Australian Pork CRC, December.

 

Seminars, Presentations and Talks to Outside Bodies

Brown, D (2015).  “What is Australia up to in sheep genetics?”  beef + lamb genetics Sheep Breeder Forum, Napier NZ, July 23-24.

Hermesch, S and Zwiers, S (2015).  “Haemoglobin - a management and selection tool.”  Presentation to Australian pig breeders and Australian Pork Limited, Melbourne March 2.

Hermesch, S (2015).  “Towards a definition of disease resilience.”  Presentation at Inra, Castanet-Tolosan, France, June 1.

Hermesch, S (2015).  “Genetic improvement of piglet survival.”  Presentation at Inra, Castanet-Tolosan, France, June 22.

Hermesch, S (2015).  “Maternal genetic effects should be considered more in pig breeding.”  Presentation at Inra, Castanet-Tolosan, France, July 6.

Hermesch, S (2015).  “Pig genetics at AGBU – UNE.”  Presentation to Delegation from Henan University, China. Armidale, August 28.

Hermesch, S (2015).  “Selection strategies for feed efficiency in pigs.”  Omaha, Nebraska, USA.  Presentation at International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine (invited speaker), 22 October.

Meyer, K and Tier, B (2015).  “Old tricks for new data: Computing for genomic evaluation in livestock improvement schemes.”  In The Challenge of Inference from Genome to Phenome. Office of the Chief Executive Cutting Edge Symposium, CSIRO, Brisbane, March 25-27. Invited paper.

 

Software Development

 

 

Theses

Newton, J E (2015). Sexual maturity and yearling reproductive performance in ewes: Genetic analysis and implications for breeding programs.  PhD Thesis, UNE.

Tongsiri, S (2015).  Selection strategies to improve the production potential of layer chickens in Thailand.  Masters Thesis, UNE.