Dr Geoffry Fordyce

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
g.fordyce@uq.edu.au
+61 7 4761 5173

Overview

Dr Geoffry Fordyce joined QAAFI in October 2010, after 28 years of conducting research projects with the Queensland Government.

Geoffry obtained his BVSc at the University of Queensland in 1978, followed by an MSc degree from James Cook University in 1984.

Research Interests

  • North Australian beef breeding cattle production and profitability
    Dr Fordyce is recognised for his broad research experience in north Australia’s beef industry and application of research outcomes to beef business. He has studied many aspects of both female and bull fertility, from detailed physiological research through to the economics of application of research outcomes to industry practice. His current collaborative research is having a significant impact on breeding cattle production through management and genetics in the tropics. Dr Fordyce also has on-going leadership and consultancy to projects to improve breeding cattle efficiency in south-east Asia.

Research Impacts

Dr Geoffry Fordyce has led the implementation of new standards in Australia for bull fertility assessment. His research and extension in nutritional, genetic, health and behavioural management of breeding female cattle has contributed to the steady increase in beef production efficiency of northern beef herds over the past 30 years. There are many examples which include: spike feeding of breeding cows, managing puberty and mating of heifers, weaning and weaner management of beef cattle, systems for measuring beef business biological and financial parameters, methods and standards for calf husbandry practices, systems to achieve genetic improvement of reproduction.

Qualifications

  • Master of Science, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Lane, Joe, Jubb, Tristan, Shepherd, Richard, Webb-Ware, Jjohn and Fordyce, Geoffry (2015). Priority list of endemic diseases for the red meat industries. Final Report. B.AHE.0010. Meat and Livestock Australia.

  • Beggs, David, Bertram, John, Chenoweth, Peter, Entwistle, Keith, Fordyce, Geoffry, Johnston, Helen, Johnston, Peter, McGowan, Michael, Niethe, Geoffrey, Norman, Scott and Perry, Viv (2013). Veterinary bull breeding soundness evaluation. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Australian Veterinary Association.

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Engle, B., Corbet, N., Allen, J., Laing, A., Fordyce, G., McGowan, M., Burns, B. and Hayes, B. (2018). Accuracy of multi-trait genomic predictions for age at puberty in Northern Australian beef heifers. 2018 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Vancouver, Canada, 8-12 July 2018. Cary, NC, United States :Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1093/jas/sky404.231

  • Corbet, N. J., Allen, J. M., Laing, A. R., Fordyce, G. and Burns, B. M. (2016). Genetic parameters of female reproductive traits measured by ultrasound in beef cattle.

  • Burns, B. M., Corbet, N. J., Allen, J. M., Laing, A. R., Sullivan, M. T., Fordyce, G., Braithwaite, I. D., Williams, P., Bertram, J. D., Lyons, R. E., McGowan, M. R. and Holland, M. K. (2015). Next gen beef breeding strategies for the northern Australian beef industry. AVA/NZVA Pan Pacific Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 24-29 May 2015. St Leonards, NSW, Australia :Australian Veterinary Association.

  • Fordyce, G., McGowan, M. R., Smith, D. R., Moravek, T. and Holzwart, M. (2015). What's the right question?. TropAg2015, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 16-18 November 2015.

  • Anderson, Angela, Fordyce, Geoffrey and Olchowy, Tim (2014). Contrasting multiple regression and random coefficients regression to determine predictors of calf hydration. Australasian Applied Statistics, Port Lincoln, Australia, 1-5 December 2014.

  • McGowan, Michael, McCosker, Kieren, Fordyce, Geoffry, Smith, Dave, Perkins, Nigel, O’Rourke, Peter, Barnes, Tamsin, Marquart, Louise, Menzies, Don, Newsome, Tom, Joyner, Di, Phillips, Nancy, Burns, Brian, Morton, John and Jephcott, Sandi (2014). Factors affecting the efficiency with which beef cows become pregnant after calving in Northern Australia. 28th World Buiatrics Congress, Cairns, Australia, 27 July-1 August 2014. Eight Mile Plains, Qld. Australian :Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, McGowan, Michael, McCosker, Kieren and Burns, Brian (2014). Foetal and calf loss in extensively managed beef cattle. 28th World Buiatrics Congress, Cairns, Australia, 27 July-1 August 2014. Eight Mile Plains, Qld. Australian :Australian Veterinary Association.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, McGowan, Michael, McCosker, Kieren and Smith, David (2014). Live weight production in extensively-managed beef breeding herds. 28th World Buiatrics Congress, Cairns, Australia, 27 July - 1 August 2014. Eight Mile Plains, Qld. Australian :Australian Veterinary Association.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, McGowan, Michael, McCosker, Kieren and Burns, Brian (2014). Reproductive wastage in extensively-managed beef cattle. WBC 2014: XXVIII World Buiatrics Congress, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 27 July-1 August, 2014. Saint Leonards, NSW, Australia :Australian Veterinary Association.

  • Fordyce, G., McCosker, K. D. and McGowan, M. R. (2013). Advances in reproductive management of cow-calf nutrition in times of crises. VIII Jornado NESPRO: International Symposium on Beef Cattle Production Systems, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, 24-26 September, 2013.

  • Fordyce, G. (2013). Bull selection and management for natural mating of beef herds. VIII Jornado NESPRO: International Symposium on Beef Cattle Production Systems, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, 24-26 September, 2013.

  • McGowan, Michael R., McCosker, K. D., Fordyce, G., Smith, D. R., Perkins, N. R., O'Rourke, P. K., Barnes, T., Marquart, L., Menzies, D., Newsome, T., Joyner, D., Phillips, N., Burns, B. M., Morton, J. M. and Jephcott, J. (2013). Factors affecting performance of beef breeding herds: findings from the Cash Cow project. ACV 2013: Australian Cattle Veterinarians 2013 Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 26-28 June 2013. Eight Mile Plains, QLD, Australia :Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

  • McBryde, K., Pilkington, R., Fordyce, G., Smith, D. R. and Limburg, N. (2013). Measuring milk yield in beef cattle. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Cairns, QLD Australia, 12-15 August 2013. North Australian Beef Research Council.

  • Burns, B. M., Corbet, N., Allen, J. M., Laing, A. R., Grant, T., Sullivan, M.., Fordyce, G.., Braithwaite, I., Williams, P., Bertram, J., Piper, E., McGowan, M. R. and Holland ,M. K. (2013). Next gen beef breeding strategies for the northern Australian beef industry. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Cairns, QLD Australia, 12 - 15 August 2013. North Australian Beef Research Council.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, McGowan, Michael, Lisle, Allan, Allen, Jack and Duff, Christian (2013). Normal range for scrotal circumference of Australian beef bulls. Australian Cattle Veterinarians 2013 Conference, Darwin, Australia, 25-28 June 2013. Eight Mile Plains, QLD, Australia :Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, McCosker, Kieren, Smith, Dave, O'Rourke, Peter, Perkins, Nigel and McGowan, Michael (2013). Performance and production of North Australian beef breeding herds - findings from The Cash Cow Project. Australian Cattle Veterinarians 2013 Conference, Darwin, Australia, 25-28 June 2013. Eight Mile Plains, QLD, Australia :Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

  • Tambunan, R. D., Suminah, Mayberry, D. E., Fordyce, G. and Poppi, D. P. (2013). Reproductive performance of Brahman cows kept by smallholder farmers in Indonesia. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Cairns, QLD Australia, 12-15 August 2013. North Australian Beef Research Council.

  • McGowan, M., Muller, T., Lisle, A., Fordyce, G., Holroyd, R. and Doogan, V. (2012). Recommended minimum scrotal circumference for tropically-adapted beef bulls in northern Australia. 17th International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR), Vancouver Canada, 29 July - 2 August 2012. Berlin, Germany :Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Hutchinson, Lisa, Fordyce, Geoffry, Williams, Paul and Grant, Tim (2011). Brahman teat and udder score changes during lactation. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Esplande, Darwin, Australia, 3–4 August 2011. Park Ridge, Qld., Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • McCosker, Kieren D., McGowan, Michael R., O'Rourke, Peter K., Smith, David R., Fordyce, Geoffry, Burns, Brian M., Joyner, Di, Phillips, Nancy, Menzies, Don, Newsome, Tom, Perkins, Nigel R., Morton, John M. and Jephcott, Sandi (2011). Cash Cow-exposing northern breeder herd productivity. Northern Beef Research Update Conference (NBRUC 2011), Darwin, Australia, 3 -4 Augsut 2011. Park Ridge, Qld., Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • McGowan, Michael, McCosker, Kieren, Fordyce, Geoffry, Smith, Dave, Burns, Brian, Jephcott, Sandi, Newsome, Tom, Menzies, Don, Joyner, Di, Perkins Nigel and O'Rourke, Peter (2011). Cashcow for vets: Using foetal-aging to improve the reproductive management of beef herds. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference (AVA, 2011), Adelaide, Australia, 15-20 May 2011. St Leonards, NSW, Australia :The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA).

  • Hawken, R. J., Zhang, Y. M., Fortes, M. R. S., Collis, E., Reverter, A., Barris, W.C., Fordyce, G., Holroyd, R. G., Tier, B., Burrow, H.M. and Lehnert, S. A. (2011). Dissecting the genetics underlying reproduction rate in tropically adapted beef cattle. Applied Genomics for Sustainable Livestock Breeding, Melbourne, Australia, 2-5 May 2011.

  • Burns, B. M., Herring, A. D., Allen, J. M., McGowan, M. R., Holland, M., Braithwaite, I. and Fordyce, G. (2011). Genetic strategies for improved beef production in challenging environments such as northern Australia and related implications for the southern United States. 57th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course, College Station, TX, United States, 1-3 August 2011.

  • Fordyce, G (2011). Male abnormalities in the tropics. North Queensland conference of the Australian Veterinary Association, Townsville, QLD, Australia, 25-27 March 2011.

  • Schatz, Tim, McCosker, Kieren, Fordyce, Geoffry and McGowan, Michael (2011). Predicting pregnancy rates from pre-calving body condition score of first-lactation Brahmans. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3-4 August 2011. Park Ridge, QLD, Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • McGowan, Michael R., Fordyce, Geoffry and Holroyd, Richard G. (2011). Recent advances in beef cattle reproduction - How science will improve herd performance. 2011 Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, Australia, 3 - 4 August 2011. Park Ridge, Qld., Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • Affandhy, L., Dikman, D.M., Wahyudi, T., Cahyono, D.B., Mayberry, D.E., Fordyce, G. and Poppi, D.P. (2011). Reproductive performance of Ongole cows in Indonesian villages. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3-4 August 2011. Park Ridge, Qld, Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • McCosker, Kieren, Fordyce, Geoffry, Smith, David, Burns, Brian, Jephcott, Sandi and McGowan, Michael (2011). Survey of selected north Australian beef breeding herds. 1. Management.. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Esplande, Darwin, Australia, 3–4 August 2011. Park Ridge, Qld., Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • Smith, David, McCosker, Kieren, Butler, Sophia, Fordyce, Geoffry, Burns, Brian, Jephcott, Sandi and McGowan, Michael (2011). Survey of selected north Australian beef breeding herds. 3. Bull selection and management. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3-4 August 2011. Park Ridge, QLD, Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • McCosker, Kieren, Butler, Sophia, Smith, David, Fordyce, Geoffry, Burns, Brian, Jephcott, Sandi and McGowan, Michael (2011). Survey of selected north Australian beef breeding herds. 4. Vaccination to control reproductive loss. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3-4 August 2011. Park Ridge, QLD, Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • Ardila, Andres, McCosker, Kieren, Smith, David, Fordyce, Geoffry, Burns, Brian, Newsome, Tom, Menzies, Don, Jephcott, Sandi, Greer, Ristan, Boe-Hansen, Gry and McGowan, Michael (2011). Survey of selected north Australian beef breeding herds. 5. Prevalence of Campylobacter fetus subsp. venerealis infection. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3–4 August 2011. Park Ridge, Qld., Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • McGowan, Michael, McCosker, Kieren, Smith, David, Fordyce, Geoffry, Burns, Brian, Jephcott, Sandi, Newsome, Tom, Menzies, Don and Kirkland, Peter (2011). Survey of selected north Australian beef breeding herds. 6. Prevalence of bovine pestivirus infection. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3-4 August 2011. Park Ridge, QLD, Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, Murphy, Charles P., Corbet, Nicholas and Broad, Kiri (2011). Using ultrasound to measure carcass fat depth in live animals. Northern Beef Research Update Conference, Darwin, NT, Australia, 3–4 August 2011. Park Ridge, Qld., Australia :North Australia Beef Research Council.

  • Burns, B. M., Herring, A. D., Laing, A., Fordyce, G., Bertram, J., Grant, T. and Hiendleder, S. (2010). Unrecognized variation in gestation length and birth weight of Droughtmaster calves produced through fixed-time AI. Ruminant Reproduction 2010: 8th International Ruminant Reproduction Symposium, Anchorage, AK, U.S.A., 3-7 September 2010. Thrumpton, Nottingham, U.K. :Nottingham University Press.

  • Matthews, R. A,, Fordyce, G, and Poppi, D. P. (2008). Nutritional management of skeletal bone growth in cattle in the dry tropics. Australian and New Zealand Societies of Animal Production First Joint Conference (2008 ANZSAP), St. Lucia, Queensland, 23 - 27 June 2008. St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia :Australian Society of Animal Production.

  • Lew A.E.,, Venus B.,, Wlodek B.,, Guo S-Y.,, Fordyce G.,, Moolhuijzen P.,, Bellgard M.I.,, Coleman G.,, Trott, D.,, Burrell P.,, Ellis J.T.,, Corney, B. and Jorgensen, W.K. (2007). Improved detection of bovine reproductive disease pathogens.. World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians – 13th International Symposium,, Melbourne, Australia, 12-14 November 2007,.

  • Lew, A. E., Fordyce, G., Doogan, V., McMillen, L., Bertram, J., Holroyd, D. and Venus, B. (2006). New diagnostic options: Vibrio and Trich. Australian Cattle Veterinarians Conference (ACV, 2006), Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, 16-9 November 2006. Eight Mile Plains, QLD, Australia :Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

  • Fordyce, Geoffry, Panjaitan, Tanda and Poppi, Dennis (2003). Management to facilitate genetic improvement of Bali cattle in Eastern Indonesia. Workshop on Strategies to Improve Bali Cattles in Eastern Indonesia, Bali, Indonesia, 4-7 February 2002. Canberra, Australia :Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • D'Occhio, M. J., Fordyce, G., Whyte, T. R., Aspden, W. J. and Trigg, T. E. (2000). Reproductive responses of cattle to GnRH agonists. 14th International Congress on Animal Reproduction - Research and Practice II, Stockholm Sweden, 2-6 July 2000. doi: 10.1016/S0378-4320(00)00078-6

  • McGowan, M. R., Holroyd, R. G., Fordyce, J. D., Bertram, J. D., Fitzpatrick, L. A., Doogan, V. J., Defaveri, J., Vankan, D. M., Jayawardhana, G. A. and Miller, R. G. (2000). Selection and management of Bos indicus bulls in multiple-sire mated herds in northern Australia. Droughtmaster Breeders' Society 7th Annual Summer Seminar, Brisbane, Australia, January 23, 2000. Brisbane, Australia :

  • McGowan, M. R., Holroyd, R. G., Fordyce, G.J.D., Bertram, J. D., Fitzpatrick, L. A., Doogan, V. J., Defaveri, J., Vankan, D. M., Jayawardhana, G. A. and Miller, G. (1999). Seleccion y manejo de grupos de toros Bos indicus en servicio en el norte de Australia. Cordoba, Argentina, 19-21 June,1999. Cordoba, Argentina :Instituto De Reproduccion Animal Cordoba (IRAC).

  • Holroyd, R. G., Doogan, V. J., DeFaveri, J., Fordyce, G., McGowan, M. R., Bertram, J. D., Vankan, D. M., Fitzpatrick, L. A., Jayawardhana, G. A. and Miller, R. G. (1998). Bull Selection and use in northern Australia. 6. Calf output and predictors of fertility of bulls in multiple-sire herds. XX World Association for Buiatrics Congress, Sydney, Australia, 6-10 July 1998. Indooroopilly, Qld., Australia :Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision