|On Monday 6 June, Herefords Australia Board Directors and several employees, including CEO, Lisa Sharp, visited the Trangie Agricultural Research Centre for an update on the five-year Southern Multi Breed (SMB) Project.
The $7.3 million project is a collaborative R&D project co-funded by New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, University of New England, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Australian Government through the MLA Donor Company. The project aims to deliver enhancements to the current within BREEDPLAN’s breed genetic evaluations, and will allow beef producers, for the first time ever, to directly compare animals for all BREEDPLAN traits and assess their genetic merit irrespective of breed.
Hereford cattle are one of the six breeds involved in the study. With multiple breeds represented at five research sites across Australia, the data from this project will allow direct comparison and recording of animals born and raised in the same environment, as well as comparisons across the different locations, which have varying environmental and pastural conditions.
More information about the Southern Multi-Breed Project is available on the NSW DPI website