Australia’s beef and dairy industries will need to adapt very rapidly to projected climate change by 2050 if they are to remain productive.  This review first highlights lessons learned in decades past in balancing productivity and adaptation, illustrated in a series of Vercoe and Frisch papers, that should not be overlooked as the industries push forward.  New strategies made possible with genomics, including appropriately balanced selection for heat tolerance in dairy cattle to maximise productivity in projected future climates, are then described.  Finally, a couple of novel strategies using genomic information, including sentinel herds, precision adaption traits, and chromosome segment stacking, are proposed.   

Ben Hayes headshotProfessor Ben Hayes

Professor Hayes has extensive research experience in genetic improvement of livestock, crop, pasture and aquaculture species, with a focus on integration of genomic information into breeding programs, including leading many large scale projects which have successfully implemented genomic technologies in livestock and cropping industries. Author of more than 250 journal papers, including in Nature Genetics, Nature Reviews Genetics, and Science, contributing to statistical methodology for genomic, microbiome and metagenomic profile predictions, quantitative genetics including knowledge of genetic mechanisms underlying complex traits, and development of bioinformatics pipelines for sequence analysis.

Professor Ben Hayes, Centre Director, Centre for Animal Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: b.hayes@uq.edu.au

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