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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

How do horns grow in cattle?

PhD candidate Johanna Aldersey is studying the molecular pathways that cause horns to grow in cattle.

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Meating the future

What started out as an interest to learn more about production beyond the farm gate quickly turned in to the foundations for an exciting career.

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Beefing up your degree

How the Australian red meat industry was a drawcard for animal science student Jamie Jones.

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How can we use science to help us choose better quality meat?

We're facilitating machine learning to assess the juiciness, tenderness, flavour and overall consumer satisfaction of meat.

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How does parental DNA affect cattle growth?

Determining the patterns of expression and mechanisms of gene regulation at key fetal stages will provide us with information about normal development.

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

We show it's possible to disentangle the DNA sequences of the chromosomes inherited from the mother and the father, to create true diploid genomes from a single individual.

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Latest news

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.

5

Jul

Moo-ve over methane... Scientists show we can breed cattle that produce less gassy emissions

Animal scientists have found the genetics of a cow strongly influence the composition of their gut and how much methane they produce.

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