Genomics of tropical composite beef cattle
This ruminant animal science project aims to improve the accuracy of breeding value estimation in a commercial breeding program.
We currently undertake genetic evaluation for a tropical beef breeding program.
There are opportunities for you to undertake a project that can improve the data analysis techniques. This project will likely include visits to Queensland for data collection and analysis.
Key methodology: Analysis using mixed models in R.
Study production animal health
While his primary work is in the genetic improvement of beef cattle, Professor Wayne Pitchford has also supervised projects in sheep, goats, pigs and deer.
Potential honours projects also exist in the discipline areas of reproduction, meat quality, lamb density, feed efficiency, physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, walk-over-weigh technology, development of statistical methods, forage crop breeding, systems for developing countries, social science, participatory extension, and social media.
Professor Pitchford has good co-supervisors who are closely linked with industry. He always attempts to develop projects that suit your interests and career goals.
Co-supervisors: Dr Rick Terle | Stephen Lee | Dr Michelle Hebart
Research area: Production animal health; ruminant science
Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science