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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

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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How do we measure animal emotions?

We're using new molecular biomarkers to improve pig welfare and the assessment of their welfare.

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Creating a fast and effective lice test for sheep

We linked up with industry to develop a test that can accurately, quickly and cost effectively determine presence of lice before or at shearing.

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How are the different immune components in colostrum absorbed by neonate calves?

We investigated the different immune components in colostrum and their absorption by the neonate calf to help producers manage calf health and their long-term production.

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How does colostrum affect dairy cow productivity?

Our research shows that calves perform just as well with foster colostrum as they do with maternal colostrum.

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Latest news

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.

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.

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