Research projects

For over 45 years AGBU scientists have been researching the genetics of livestock and how to breed better animals and plants

AGBU, Australia's genetics institute for agriculture

researching and developing systems for genetic evaluation and breeding to contribute to the improvement of productivity and product quality in Australia's livestock industry

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RESEARCH AREAS

AGBU's research program encompasses

2,280,840 calves bred using BREEDPLAN in the Southern Hemisphere (1994-2012)

2,307,830 sheep evaluated in LAMBPLAN and 1,685,895 sheep evaluated in MERINOSELECT (2005-2015)

48% of all pigs farmed in Australia bred using PIGBLUP assistance

50% of Australian commercial timber bred using TREEPLAN information

Improving outcomes for rural and regional communities

Developing genetic evaluation systems that are the envy of the world

AGBU R&D reports

Some of our recently completed projects
DNA Traceability for red meat in Australia

This project developed metrics to describe the quality of data submitted to genetic evaluation systems. It focused mainly on the sheep genetic evaluation systems delivered through Sheep Genetics, and the refinement and reporting of the data quality metrics in the RAMPing Up Genetic Gains (RUGG) reports.

DNA Traceability for red meat in Australia

Improved traceability enhances the industry’s ability to track, manage and control major exotic disease outbreaks. Using DNA to augment NLIS can lead to a range of additional benefits related to livestock evaluation, disease detection, pathway decisions, product specification and proof of provenance.

MLA L.GEN.1704

Advanced genetic evaluation tools and systems enabling faster and more genetic gain in the red meat industries.

Developments through this project have resulted in a seamless transition to the use of genomic data in the calculation of breeding values, for a greater range of traits supporting better breeding objectives.

AGBU in the media

A selection of external news articles on our research
Repronomics: building and delivering effective
genomic selection for northern Australian cattle

Southern Multi Breed Project

Western Australia: Northern beef development

Merino Lifetime Productivity Project

Australian Sheep Breeding Value (ASBV)
  • MLA - September 2022

Dr Matt Wolcott presenting at the MLA Livestock Genetics Forum 2022 in Adelaide

Dr Steve Miller, Director of AGBU, discusses the new variance components that will be implemented in December 2022

Dr Andrew Swan, Chief Scientist, explains the algorithm used to calculate the EBV accuracy values