Genetic selection

The genetic selection research programme aims to:

  • Identify Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and genetic markers for traits of economic importance and future commercial need, e.g. those which improve productivity, eating quality, survival rates of offspring, ease of handling and resistance to disease and parasites.
  • Integrate molecular and quantitative genetic techniques to optimise genetic evaluations and selection for the above traits.

Details of our latest genetic selection research projects can be accessed via the menu on the left or by clicking the links below. Please select beef or sheep based on your area of interest, or email the R&D team about genetic selection.