Pork CRC has appointed Dr Craig Lewis as a Research Fellow working within its Program Two to improve herd feed conversion efficiency.
Lewis, who has migrated from the UK to Australia to work with Dr Kim Bunter at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) located at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, will analyse the genetic associations between the voluntary feed intake of females, finisher performance and sow longevity.
The project will establish genetic and phenotypic relationships between sow traits such as lactational feed intake, sow IGF-I, sow weight and fat depths and other economically important performance and reproductive traits. It’s vital information that will help develop breeding programs to target efficient production and improved sow lifetime reproductive performance.
Welcoming the appointment, Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, said Lewis’ high level international research and experience in pig genetics would be vital to helping control production costs for Australian pork producers.
“It’s important work for the Australian pork industry because it’s absolutely crucial for reducing pork producers’ costs and will give pork producers more bang for their buck, via better pigs and higher profitability,” Campbell said.
• Pork CRC