State of Science webinar: breeding low-emitting cattle

Published: February 9, 2021

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Join us for another NZAGRC State of Science webinar, 11am-12pm, Thursday 25 February 2021

In a major step forward, New Zealand breeders can now measure and rank their sheep based on their methane emissions, thanks to a decade of research funded by the NZAGRC and the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium. Our sheep breeding programme is unique and New Zealand scientists are now turning their sights to achieving similar results in cattle.

Lorna McNaughton from LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation) and Suzanne Rowe from AgResearch will discuss their work to develop a breeding programme for low-emitting dairy cattle. Lorna will talk about the development of a new programme to measure methane in young bulls at LIC and CRV – animals that will parent the next generation of dairy cattle in New Zealand. Suzanne will talk about transferring technology developed for sheep to help overcome the challenges involved with measuring methane and genetic variation in large numbers of animals.

During the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions using Zoom’s chat function. Lorna and Suzanne will use the final 15 minutes of the session to answer as many questions as possible. The Chair will select and ask questions on participants’ behalf.


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Published: February 9, 2021