Geneticist hopes to improve cattle breeding programs

Updated August 31, 2010 12:05:00

A Queensland Government scientist says he is conducting new research that could mean big changes to cattle breeding in Queensland.

Rockhampton geneticist Dr Brian Burns is looking at traits in cattle that cannot be explained by normal breeding patterns.

Dr Burns says his research is starting to explain differences in cattle growth and reproductive performance.

“If we can get a good understanding of this then we can basically use this information to sit down when we’re trying to develop breeding programs in the future to optimise performance and increase efficiencies, especially in today’s higher cost of production,” he said.

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First posted August 31, 2010 08:33:00

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