Novel genomic technologies to improve fertility in Northern Beef Cattle (2017–2020)

Abstract:
Increased global demand for beef is driving northern Australian beef enterprises to develop innovative ways to increase productivity. A substantial industry challenge is poor fertility of cows, with weaning rates frequently less than 40%. This project will enable accelerated genetic gain for fertility in these enterprises by delivering a low cost array which assays thousands of DNA variants affecting fertility simultaneously. These variants will be discovered with a new genomic prediction method informed by gene expression data from a unique resource of Brahman cattle with exceptionally high fertility. A 4% improvement in weaning rates is anticipated following the project, generating $40 million in industry benefits.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Centre Director, Animal Science
    Centre for Animal Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Centre Director, Animal Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    Centre Director of Centre for Anima
    Centre for Animal Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Funded by:
Australian Research Council