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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.