The Davies 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 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 Research Centre to translate research into practice.

Latest news



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.



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.



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.



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.



New technique a breakthrough in human genome reconstruction

Scientists have developed a new technique that will aid in a more accurate reconstruction of human genomes.



Raising the baa: Animal science student wins global award

Research into the growth, health and profitability of lambs has landed animal science student Leesa-Joy Flannigan a major international award.


Case study

The Davies Research Centre partnered with Teys Australia, to develop innovative management practices to achieve year round supply of premium pasture-finished cattle in South Australia’s Limestone Coast region. 

Extending the period during which premium pasture finished cattle are available has enabled beef producers to maintain supply to high value markets. The fodder beet production system that was developed with Teys Australia achieved outstanding results:

  • post weaning cattle growth rates doubled;
  • average gross margin per hectare during cattle finishing
  • was quadruple that of conventional systems; and
  • meat quality increased compared to conventional systems.