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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

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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Meating the challenge to optimise lamb

We're assisting lamb processors to turn to the power of mathematics and employ optimisation methodologies to guide them to make the most from each carcase.

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The global bovine epigenome

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

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Latest news

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.

28

Mar

On top of the world: Sciences research ranks high in ERA results

Science research at the University of Adelaide has reached new heights according to the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) results released this week.

28

Feb

World rankings: veterinary science breaks into top 50

Veterinary science, taught at Roseworthy campus, is a stand-out result in a suite of impressive results in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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