NOVEL GENOMIC TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE FERTILITY IN NORTHERN BEEF CATTLE

Grant number: LP160101626 | Funding period: 2017 - 2020

Completed

Abstract

This project aims to develop new genomic technologies to enable accelerated improvement of cow fertility. 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%. The expected outcomes of this project are an improvement in weaning rates to enable accelerated genetic gain for fertility in these enterprises by delivering a low cost array, which assays thousands of DNA variants affecting fertility simultaneously. This should provide significant benefits such as a new genomic prediction method informed by gene expres..

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