The Australian sheep industry has made significant progress in use of animal breeding technology in the last 15 years, and is now investing substantially in genomics R&D as well as widespread performance recording underpinning rapid genetic progress. Challenges exist however, involving tackling hard-to-measure traits and cost-effective use of markers and other information developed in the genomics program. An "information nucleus" concept is outlined that aims to address these issues and inform the industry genetic evaluations, allowing faster progress in a range of existing and new traits, as well as rapid detection and incorporation of marker information. The concept will be implemented beginning in 2007.

R. G Banks, Julius HJ van der Werf, John P Gibson

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 30.12, 2006
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