Production systems

Research to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability of tropical and sub-tropical livestock production systems.

Our research includes:

  • Ruminant nutrition and pasture nutrition
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Livestock production management systems
  • Ruminant digestion
  • Meat quality, physiology and genetics
A massive global study involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Ben Hayes, who heads the global 1000 Bull Consortium of 57 researchers from 30 institutes, said it had previously been a major challenge to identify variants in the genome affecting complex traits, due to variations within multiple genes and to behavioural and environmental factors.

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