Journal article

Aligning farm decision making and genetic information systems to improve animal production: methodology and findings from the Australian dairy industry

Ruth Nettle, Mark Paine, John Penry

ANIMAL PRODUCTION SCIENCE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

To date there has been little research into the way genetic improvement decisions are made in practice on Australian farms. This type of knowledge is important for guiding the design of programs to increase the use of genetic information and thereby the rate of genetic gain in animal production systems. This paper describes an approach to understanding farm decision making in order to improve the design of services to increase the use of genetic information in the Australian dairy industry. A mixed-method approach involving a national survey and regional focus groups was used to determine farmers' perceptions of the genetic information system overall and the key features of bull selection de..

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