News: Honours projects - Wayne Pitchford

Identification of genes controlling marbling in cattle

Beef marbling

Honours project: Identify genes controlling the deposition of the intramuscular fat (that is, marbling) in beef cattle to better understand fat metabolism and to provide genetic markers for selection to improve beef quality.

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Genomics of tropical composite beef cattle

Study Bioinformatics

Honours project: Work on a project to improve the accuracy of breeding value estimation in a commercial breeding program.

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Trans-Tasman cattle maternal efficiency

Cattle Roseworthy

Honours project: Explore genetic selection strategies for maternal productivity in Angus and Hereford cattle in Australia and New Zealand.

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Optimising fodder beet grazing management for beef cattle

Cattle

Honours project: Investigate the stocking rates, allocation of leaf and bulb and daily allocation of beets and the effect that changes in these parameters have on cattle performance.

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Managing diurnal changes in rumen pH of cattle grazing fodder beet

Cattle

Honours project: Increase our knowledge of the extent of rumen pH fluctuations in cattle grazing fodder beet long-term.

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Sow conformation & performance

Pig

Honours project: Determine the relationship between sow conformation (assessed at gilt selection) and performance over four parities.

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Genetics of lamb survival

Sheep and lamb

Honours project: Examine the genetic relationship between birth weight and lamb survival in a research flock.

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Cattle colostrum programming for a healthy life

Calves

Honours project: Compare the biological and molecular effects on a calf of receiving colostrum from its natural mother, from a different cow or not receiving colostrum at all.

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Design & implement a sheep breeding program at Roseworthy

Visit Roseworthy campus

Honours project: Design a breeding program for the Roseworthy sheep flock and assist in its implementation.

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