Robert Banks

Robert Banks

Contact details:

phone: +61 (0)2 6773 2425

fax: +61 (0)2 6773 3266


Rob Banks is a PhD graduate of UNE, with a career in R&D for the genetic improvement of Australia's extensive livestock industries. He worked for Meat and Livestock Australia for nearly 25 years, initially in the role of establishing the genetic evaluation system for the Australian lamb industry, LAMBPLAN. Rob then lead the process of extending LAMBPLAN to provide genetic evaluation for the Merino industry.
More recently, and in response to rapid advances in genomic technologies over the last five years, Rob led the development of Information Nucleus flocks and herds. Intensive recording of performance in these populations will help maximise the returns from investing in genomic testing in the Australian red meat industries.
Rob's role in Meat and Livestock Australia extended to include management of R&D investments across the full spectrum of pasture improvement, grazing systems, climate change adaptation and genetic improvement.
Since taking up the role of Director, Rob has guided projects focussed on genetic evaluation of dairy goats and honeybees, as well as contributing to AGBU's portfolio of projects.