Sustainable food production, animal welfare and the brave new world of designer livestock breeding were the focus of a major  international conference hosted jointly by the Beef, Dairy and Sheep  Cooperative Research Centres held in Melbourne on 2-5 May 2011.

The Applied Genomics for Sustainable Livestock Breeding conference was funded as part of the Sir Mark Oliphant Conference Series through the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, to stage strategically significant international conferences in Australia on high priority, cutting edge, multi-disciplinary themes. Conference outcomes included new international collaborations that build on the CRCs’ existing international genomics collaborations and consensus across livestock industries in Australia on the best ways to implement new genomic technologies.

The conference attracted approx 400 participants from 23 countries, with 20 sponsors. I managed communications for the conference.

  • Listen to Genomics to improve livestock productivity – an ABC radio Bush Telegraph interview with conference host, Professor Mike Goddard, 4 May 2011.
  • View and search video presentations from the conference here.
  • The conference dinner at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was a highlight of the event. View conference photos here.

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