Transformational genetic and breeding strategies to create a sustained and globally competitive Queensland tropical beef herd (2012–2016)
World demand for animal protein necessitates production of younger cattle (i.e. more tender meat) of heavier weight (i.e. higher productivity) produced and treated in a humane way at all points in
the food chain. This requires development of transformational genetic selection, breeding strategies and reproductive technologies with a goal to improve weaning rate, weight at weaning
and growth rate. Success results in more productive animals with enhanced commercially valuable traits and lower environmental footprint (eg methane emissions, water and land use). This
enhances industry viability, maximises export earnings which all increase regional employment and benefits the Queensland economy.
Queensland Government Smart Futures Research Partnerships Program