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Sarita Guy

Sarita Guy

Contact details:

phone: +61 (0)2 6773 5360

fax: +61 (0)2 6773 3266

Email: sarita.guy@unenull.edu.au


Qualifications

2018 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Thesis: Quantifying disease tolerance and disease resilience in the growing pig for the genetic improvement of health: are routinely collected on-farm records enough?

2011 Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Honours I), University of Sydney
Honours thesis: Changes in biosecurity practices and perceptions of horse owners after the 2007 Australian Equine Influenza outbreak


Research Interests

Sarita is broadly interested in data-driven decision making, and has research experience in the application of biometrical methods in agricultural science, veterinary science, social science and tertiary education.

Her PhD examined on-farm records for the genetic improvement in of health in the growing pig through disease resilience and medication status. In her current role at AGBU, she is investigating the genetic improvement of lean meat yield and eating quality of beef, sheep and pork. This also involves linking red meat supply chains.

Besides her research pursuits, other passions include exploring the countryside, riding motorbikes, DIY projects and her progeny, whom she sees as one of life’s many great experiments.


Awards

2018 CSIRO Publishing Young Scientist Award at the 2018 Animal Production Science conference, Wagga Wagga, NSW

2017 Best Young Scientist Paper at the 22nd Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) conference, Townsville, QLD

2015 Best Student Presentation at the 21st Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) conference, Lorne VIC


Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Guy, S Z Y; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2019). “Quantifying the health challenges in an Australian piggery using medication records for the definition of disease resilience.” Journal of Animal Science 93: 4076-1089 doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz025.

Guy, S Z Y; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S 2019). “Reaction norm analysis of pig growth using environmental descriptors based on alternative traits.” Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 136: 153-167 doi.org/10.1111/jbg.12388.

Guy, S Z Y; Brown, D J and Banks, R G (2018). “Data capture through Australian beef cattle and meat sheep value chains: opportunities for enhanced feedback to commercial producers.” Animal Production Science 58: 1497-1503 doi.org/10.1071/AN17807.

Guy, S Z Y; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2017) “Contemporary group estimates adjusted for climatic effects provide a finer definition of the unknown environmental challenges experienced by pigs.” Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 134: 520-530 doi.org/10.1111/jbg.12282.

Guy, S Z Y; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2012) “Selection of pigs for improved coping with health and environmental challenges: breeding for resistance or tolerance?” Frontiers in Genetics 3: 281 doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2012.00281.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Guy, S Z Y; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2018) “Genetic parameters for health of the growing pig using medication records.” In: World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production 11: 397.

Guy, S Z Y; Harper, J; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2017) “Extension of environmental descriptors used to analyse sire by environment interaction for growth of pigs.” In: 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, pp. 237-240.

Guy, S Z Y; Hermesch, S and Thomson, P C (2015) “Backfat as an environmental descriptor in defining growth rate of the pig: A G×E analysis.” In: 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, pp. 457-460.

Refereed Conference Abstracts

Guy, S Z Y and Henry M L E (2018) “The prevalence of health conditions recorded in an Australian sheep abattoir.” Animal Production Science 58: 2561.

Guy, S Z Y; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2018) “Phenotypic, environmental and genetic associations between health and growth in the pig.” Animal Production Science 58: 2566.

Maupile, L; Guy, S Z Y; Luxford, B G and Hermesch, S (2018) “Estimates of the effects of temperature and relative humidity on growth of the finishing pig.” Animal Production Science 58: 2564.

Guy, S Z Y; Li, L; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2017) “Seasonal effects can be separated from other challenges in the pig environment using time series analysis.” Animal Production Science 57: 2463.

Book Chapters

Guy, S Z Y; Thomson, P C and Hermesch, S (2012). Breeding tolerant pigs for health and productivity. In S. Hermesch & K. Dobos (Eds.), 2012 AGBU Pig Genetics Workshop Notes (pages 61-68). AGBU: Armidale.