MLA takes on genomics and eating quality

MLA takes on genomics and eating quality


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Meat and Livestock Australia's general manager of Producer Consultation and Adoption, Mick Crowley.

Meat and Livestock Australia's general manager of Producer Consultation and Adoption, Mick Crowley.

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There is life for Sheep CRC projects with MLA taking-on several.

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Meat and Livestock Australia's Producer Consultation and Adoption general manager Mick Crowley says his priority is the successful transition post Sheep CRC.

"We'll make sure we adhere to the legacy that the CRC left behind," he told the 200-plus attendees at the Sheep CRC Final Conference in Dubbo last week.

Mr Crowley outlined the plans for post-CRC cooperation.

He said MLA would work very closely with the CRC and participants to make sure there is a successful transition.

"One of the best achievements the CRC has is that all the products of IP (intellectual property) have been identified as to whether they live post CRC," he said.

"The postgraduate program is important and will attract students, so when they are doing the PHDs they will be directly 100 per cent with industry priorities.

"Within five years genomic testing will be cheaper and DNA testing will become normal while breeding livestock will be within market specifications.

"We'll be objective measuring both on-farm and post-farm and ideally we will get paid on the value of our production, and specifications will reflect the consumer requirements for meat exceeding their expectations."

Mr Crowley said from a genetics point the MLA would be taking on the genomics star blazers.

"We're looking at how to make sure we continue the uninterrupted services for genotyping, working with genotyping partners and with researchers. Sheep genetics being a part of MLA, becomes a single source of truth for breeding values.

"We won't be stepping into the commercial space of offering the genotyping services, however we will be maintaining and implementing those industry databases that are successful, accuracy and underpinning standards of quality systems around genotyping and giving breeding value results in consistent ways so we have a single source of truth."

To gain value, Mr Crowley said MLA would attempt to double the rate of genetic gain by 2022.

"The only way to do that is to move to valuing genetics in the commercial space. The eating quality program will be totally consumer driven."

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