Genetic improvement



Beef CRC projects were conducted through the Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies to enhance the productivity and profitability of the Australian beef industry.

The ‘Additional measurements on muscle line cattle’ project investigated the impact of selecting for different levels of muscling on progeny performance in an Angus herd.

The ‘Next gen beef breeding strategies for the northern Australian beef industry’ project investigated genetic and genomic strategies to increase beef reproductive efficiency in northern Australia.

The Selected Brahman project (Northern Territory) aims to improve fertility rates in Bos indicus cattle by focusing on genetic improvement.

The ‘Genotyping and phenotyping for accelerated genetic improvement in northern Australia’ project aims to increase the accuracy of genetically describing the reproductive merit of northern breeding cattle.

Selecting cattle to improve temperament can benefit beef production and animal performance, in addition to improving animal welfare and human safety. Beef CRC research found favourable genetic and…

Growth is a trait of economic importance, is moderately heritable, and can be measured with reasonable accuracy. In general, with all other things being equal, higher growth rates…

The requirement for carcases to meet market specifications has become increasingly important in the beef industry with producers aiming to optimise their abattoir and market compliance rates in…

The fertility of a breeder herd has a significant impact on the profitability of a beef breeding business. Basically, more weaners from a set number of breeders over…

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are estimates of an animals’ genetic merit for a particular trait and an indication of how an animal’s progeny will perform. EBVs are expressed…