Trans-Tasman cattle maternal efficiency
This ruminant animal science project aims to improve genetic selection strategies for maternal productivity in Angus and Hereford cattle in Australia and New Zealand.
This project utilises data from the 'Black Baldy project', measurements in Australian seedstock herds, and New Zealand progeny testing herds.
There will be opportunities to be involved in field trips to New South Wales for data collection and analysis. A trip to New Zealand may be possible, but cannot be guaranteed.
Key methodology: Analysis using mixed models in R.
Study production animal health
While his primary work is in the genetic improvement of beef cattle, Professor Wayne Pitchford has also supervised projects in sheep, goats, pigs and deer.
Potential honours projects also exist in the discipline areas of reproduction, meat quality, lamb density, feed efficiency, physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, walk-over-weigh technology, development of statistical methods, forage crop breeding, systems for developing countries, social science, participatory extension, and social media.
Professor Pitchford has good co-supervisors who are closely linked with industry. He always attempts to develop projects that suit your interests and career goals.