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The Davies Livestock Research Centre delivers excellence in ruminant science to ensure the sustainability of the red meat industry.

We conduct multi-disciplinary research to answer scientific questions and respond to industry challenges with the end goal being to optimise animal productivity, product quality and wellbeing. To do this the centre brings together experts in animal breeding, genetics, physiology, reproduction, genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, physics and engineering.

The Davies Livestock Research Centre delivers cutting edge, competitive science to improve the growth of the ruminant livestock sector by:

  • Being national industry focused and internationally connected.
  • Supporting the development of next generation capabilities and practices through high quality, collaborative, and trans-disciplinary research programs.
  • Leveraging the extensive experience within the Davies Livestock Research Centre to translate research into practice.

Case studies

The global bovine epigenome

We're developing new and improved breeding tools by incorporating epigenomic information into existing technology platforms.
 

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How do we measure animal emotions?

We're using new molecular biomarkers to improve pig welfare and the assessment of their welfare.

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Creating a fast and effective lice test for sheep

We linked up with industry to develop a test that can accurately, quickly and cost effectively determine presence of lice before or at shearing.

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How are the different immune components in colostrum absorbed by neonate calves?

We investigated the different immune components in colostrum and their absorption by the neonate calf to help producers manage calf health and their long-term production.

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How does colostrum affect dairy cow productivity?

Our research shows that calves perform just as well with foster colostrum as they do with maternal colostrum.

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Essential resources: A globally unique bovine embryo and fetus collection

The harsh Australian environment and a changing climate require the combination of traits from both subspecies to secure national and global meat and milk production.

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Latest news

21

Jan

New director for SA Drought Hub

The South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub has announced the appointment of the University of Adelaide’s Dr Stephen Lee as its Director.

30

Sep

Breakthrough AgTech to improve lamb meat quality

In the sheep meat industry, the amount of intramuscular fat is a key indicator of eating quality, but can be particularly difficult to measure in lamb carcases, which are not individually graded.. until now.

4

Aug

New ARC grants to bring benefits to meat, hemp and mining industries

Almost $2 million in new funding is set to advance research into red meat, hemp and mining.

15

Mar

Virtual reality teaching students cattle handling skills safely

University of Adelaide students are learning animal handling skills using virtual technology.

7

May

New technique delivers complete DNA sequences of chromosomes inherited from mother and father

Genetics breakthrough for an international team of scientists led by the University of Adelaide’s Davies Research Centre.

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