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Genetics in the Paddock with Emily

  • Q&A Session: Future of Genomics, Hybrid Vigour, Producer Groups & Genetic Correlations

    11 MAR. 2024 · To celebrate Season 1 of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we wrapped up the season with a panel Q&A, with some of our guest speakers from the first season, featuring Dr. David Johnston, Dr. Sam Walkom, Dr. Brad Walmsley and Dr. Tom Granleese. The questions cover a variety of topics including crossbreeding and how long hybrid vigour lasts, new traits we might see pop up in breeding objectives, how commercial producers can benchmark their livestock, how the environment plays into the physical expression of an animal and many other topics. Over the season, we collected questions from YOU to be answered by our various experts. For a chance for your question to feature in season 2's Q&A session, please send them through to emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au. We want to thank you for your support and for joining us on the journey through livestock genetics for the first season of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily.  Stay tuned for the release of Season 2 - for more guest speakers and more genetics content and tips. The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    21m 12s
  • Raising the Steaks: Empowering Women in Agriculture with Renee Rippon

    21 ENE. 2024 · In this empowering episode, we dive deep into the heart of beef production, exploring the remarkable journey of Renee Rippon, a technical officer for the Southern Multi Breed project (NSW DPI), who carved her niche in the industry of beef production. Renee shares her inspiring story and insights into her flourishing career from Queensland, to Northern Territory and finally back to New South Wales. Join us as Renee takes us on a journey through the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in beef production. From breaking stereotypes to managing large scale genetics projects, Renee's experiences shed light on her resilience and tenacity as she carved her career path as a woman in agriculture. She also dives into her passion of female fertility and why it is so important to beef producers. Tune in for an engaging conversation offers valuable insights for aspiring individuals looking to make their mark in this exciting field. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just curious about the world of cattle farming, Renee's story will leave you inspired and motivated. Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ Southern Multi Breed: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/dpi/animals/beef-cattle/breeding/smb-project The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    29m 30s
  • Accelerating Genetic Gain with Female Reproductive Technologies with Dr. Tom Granleese

    14 ENE. 2024 · In this enlightening episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we have the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Tom Granleese, a research officer within NSW Department of Primary Industries. Join us as we unravel the fascinating world of female reproductive technologies and their pivotal role in supercharging genetic progress in extensive livestock operations. Dr. Granleese takes us on a journey through the cutting-edge techniques and innovations that are transforming the way we can tackle genetic gain in the livestock industry. Female reproductive technologies, often underappreciated, hold immense potential to accelerate the development of desired traits within your herds, however there are a few considerations! During our conversation, we'll explore how these technologies, ranging from artificial insemination to embryo transfer and beyond, can be harnessed to maximize the impact of your breeding programs. Dr. Granleese shares real-world examples and success stories, shedding light on how savvy breeders are leveraging these tools to achieve remarkable results. Whether you're a seasoned livestock producer or a curious newcomer, this episode is your gateway to understanding the game-changing potential of female reproductive technologies. Dr. Tom Granleese's insight will assist you to make informed decisions around this exciting technology. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics: https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    26m 42s
  • Evolving Excellence - Updating the Resource Flock with Dr. Sam Walkom

    7 ENE. 2024 · Join us in this enlightening episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily as we sit down with Dr. Sam Walkom, a senior research fellow at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unite (AGBU). Together, we explore the essential task of updating the reference flock to align with industry standards and the dynamic landscape of the sheep genetics realm. In the ever-evolving sheep industry, staying ahead means continuously expanding our understanding of genetics. Dr. Walkom shares his deep insights into the strategic process of updating the reference flock, ensuring it reflects the latest traits and encompasses the full spectrum of genetic potential available today. We delve into the importance of this endeavour, discussing the role of cutting-edge technology, data analysis, and collaboration within the industry. Dr. Walkom provides a roadmap for capturing the richness of genetic diversity and incorporating new traits that not only keep your flock competitive but also contribute to the advancement of the entire sheep genetics sector. Whether you're a seasoned producer or a curious newcomer, this episode offers invaluable insights into the meticulous planning and execution required to ensure the reference flock is a beacon of progress and innovation in the sheep industry. AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics: https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    42m 5s
  • Sire Selection and Breeding Decisions with Dr. Matt Wolcott

    17 DIC. 2023 · In this episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we are joined by Dr. Matt Wolcott, a research fellow from the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU). Together, we embark on a journey into the intricate world of genetic evaluation tools and how to wield them effectively for making crucial decisions in livestock breeding. Choosing the right sire or making informed breeding decisions can make or break the future of your herd or flock. Dr. Wolcott, an expert in livestock genetics, shares his wealth of knowledge on this essential topic. He explains the ins and outs of genetic evaluation tools, demystifying the complex data that often accompanies them. Through engaging discussions and practical examples, you'll learn how to utilise the available genetic evaluation tools and apply this information to optimize your breeding program. Dr. Wolcott's insights will empower you to make decisions that align with your breeding goals, whether it's improving meat quality, enhancing milk production, or bolstering overall herd health. This episode is a must-listen for livestock producers, breeders, and anyone with an interest in maximizing genetic potential within their herd. Dr. Matt Wolcott's expertise provides the guidance you need to make informed choices that will shape the future of your livestock operation. AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: https://dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics: https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    21m 31s
  • Adding Selection Indexes to the Toolkit with Dr. Brad Walmsley

    10 DIC. 2023 · In this episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we delve into the power of selection indexes in livestock breeding. Join us as we unravel the science behind these powerful tools that drive genetic progress in the livestock industry. Selection indexes are the cornerstone of modern livestock breeding programs, but what exactly are they, and how do they work? Our guest expert, Dr. Brad Walmsley, a research scientist from NSW Department of Primary Industries seconded to Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), breaks down the complex science behind selection indexes into understandable terms and discusses their real world application. We explore the importance of selection indexes in enhancing desirable traits such as growth and meat quality, while simultaneously managing trade-offs. Dr. Walmsley shares real-world examples of how selection indexes have revolutionized livestock breeding, resulting in more productive animals that best align with the goal of the production system. Whether you're a seasoned livestock breeder or just curious about the science behind your selection indexes, this episode will provide valuable insights into the tools that shape the future of agriculture. Don't miss this informative and engaging discussion on Genetics in the Paddock with Emily! AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics: https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ BreedObject: https://breedobject.com.au/ Southern Multi Breed: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/dpi/animals/beef-cattle/breeding/smb-project The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    19m 47s
  • Maximizing Livestock Potential using Breeding Values with Dr. Kirsty Moore

    3 DIC. 2023 · In this informative episode on Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, join us as we delve deep into the world of livestock production with the Dr. Kirsty Moore. Dr. Moore is a senior research scientist from the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, and she's here to introduce us to a fundamental concept in livestock genetics: breeding values. Breeding values are the secret sauce behind producing healthier, more productive, and genetically superior livestock. They are a powerful tool that can transform your livestock operation and boost your bottom line. But what exactly are breeding values, and how can you use them effectively? Dr. Moore breaks it down for us, explaining the science behind breeding values and how they play a crucial role in the world of animal breeding. You'll learn how to decipher breeding value data, interpret the values for your own individual production, and implement strategies that can revolutionize your breeding programs. Whether you're a seasoned livestock producer looking to fine-tune your breeding efforts or a newcomer interested in understanding the genetic potential of your animals, this episode is packed with invaluable insights. Dr. Kirsty Moore's expertise will guide you on a journey toward more efficient and sustainable livestock production. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and take your livestock operation to new heights! AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics (MERINOSELECT, KIDPLAN, LAMBPLAN): https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ Southern Multi Breed project: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/dpi/animals/beef-cattle/breeding/smb-project The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    22m 11s
  • Breed Better - Setting a Breeding Objective with Dr. Brad Walmsley

    26 NOV. 2023 · In this episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we embark on a journey of precision and purpose in the world of livestock breeding. Whether you're a seasoned producer or just starting out, understanding how to set clear and achievable breeding objectives is essential for success on farm. Join us as we explore the critical aspects of defining your breeding objectives. Our expert guest, Dr Brad Walmsley, a Research Officer from the NSW Department of Primary Industries seconded to the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), will share his wisdom on identifying the specific traits and characteristics that matter most to your production system, whether it's growth, reproduction, meat quality, or a range of factors. We'll dive deep into the science genetic selection, discussing the tools and techniques available to modern livestock producers to achieve their breeding goals. Learn how to harness the power of setting clear make informed breeding decisions that will enhance your herd's overall quality and performance. But it's not just about the science; we'll also delve into the importance of aligning your breeding objectives with your long-term business goals, sustainability practices, and market demands. Discover how a well-crafted breeding plan can lead to increased profitability and resilience in the face of changing industry dynamics. Whether you're aiming to produce top-notch beef, sheep, wool, or goats, this episode will equip you with the knowledge and strategies needed to set your breeding objectives and chart a course toward success in the world of livestock production. AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics (MERINOSELECT, KIDPLAN, LAMBPLAN): https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ BreedObject: https://breedobject.com.au/ Southern Multi Breed: https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/dpi/animals/beef-cattle/breeding/smb-project The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    21m 19s
  • Breech Wrinkle and New Traits in Sheep Genetics with Dr. Daniel Brown

    12 NOV. 2023 · On this episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we continue to dive into how researchers have continued to work with industry to develop new traits. In this episode, our guest speaker Dr. Daniel Brown, a principal scientist from the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), discusses how the development of new traits within the sheep genetics evaluation system has continued to drive the industry forward over his 25 years of experience. The incorporation of the breech wrinkle trait into the sheep genetics evaluation system has been a pivotal collaborative issue to address welfare issues in the industry. Join us as we dive deep into the history of development of these traits, and how Dr. Brown has worked collaboratively with researchers and industry to produce breeding values, along with providing tools and options to achieve a balanced selection. AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: emily.johnston@dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics: https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ BREEDPLAN: https://breedplan.une.edu.au/ The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    23m 41s
  • Unraveling Sheep Genetics Through Time with Dr. Andrew Swan

    12 NOV. 2023 · Join us today on a journey through time as we delve into the intricate world of sheep genetics. In this episode of Genetics in the Paddock with Emily, we'll unravel the rich history and evolution of sheep genetics, exploring how far the genetic evaluation system for sheep has come since the 1980’s. Our guest speaker, Andrew Swan, a chief scientist from the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) will share his experience through genetic milestones, including the merging of various data sets to create Sheep Genetics, the influence of genomics and identification of various traits to include within the genetic evaluation. We'll also discuss the role of the reference population and where the industry is currently at today. Whether you're a seasoned shepherd, a genetics enthusiast, or simply curious about the history of our the sheep industry, this episode will provide a deep dive into the remarkable history and evolution of sheep genetics that you won't want to miss. Tune in as we thread together the pieces that have made Sheep Genetics into the incredible tool it is today. AGBU is a joint venture between the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and University of New England (UNE). Please share this podcast with your fellow producers and colleagues and feel free to contact us with suggestions or comments via this email address: https://dpi.nsw.gov.au with “Podcast” in the title. Resources related to the discussion within this podcast: Sheep Genetics: https://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/ The information discussed in this podcast are for informative and educational purposes only and do not constitute advice.
    26m 57s

Welcome to "Genetics in the Paddock," the podcast where we dive deep into the fascinating world of livestock genetics and its impact on agriculture. Join us as we explore the...

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Welcome to "Genetics in the Paddock," the podcast where we dive deep into the fascinating world of livestock genetics and its impact on agriculture.

Join us as we explore the latest advancements in livestock genetics, bringing you insights from experts in the field.

Whether you're a seasoned producer, a curious consumer, or someone with a passion for science, this podcast is your go-to source for understanding how genetics is revolutionizing the way we breed livestock. From discussing cutting-edge breeding techniques to exploring the genetic traits that make livestock more profitable, sustainable and productive, we cover it all.

Hosted by Emily Johnston, a Genetics Development Officer with NSW DPI, each episode features engaging conversations with scientists, researchers, and industry leaders who share their expertise and stories behind the innovations that are shaping the future of agriculture. Get ready to unravel the genetic mysteries hidden in the paddock and discover how they contribute to sustainable and efficient farming practices.

Tune in to "Genetics in the Paddock" and join the conversation in livestock genetics. Whether you're in the field or simply curious about the science behind livestock genetics, this podcast is your gateway to the insightful conversations around all things genetics.
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