Secrets to the brahman breed
THE GENES of 50 top bulls have been sequenced in an effort to understand how genes from temperate cattle have influenced important production traits in the modern brahman breed.
The Sequencing the Legends project is led by Professor Steve Moore, Centre for Animal Sciences director at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, a combined University of Queensland and Queensland Government research institute.
“We are unpacking the entire DNA sequences of 50 influential animals, then honing in on the genes associated with specific traits in order to capture the best genetics in the brahman breed,” Prof Moore said.
“Understanding the genetics underlying production traits in Australian tropically-adapted cattle is essential for further breed development and crossbreeding strategies.
“Brahmans are adapted to tropical climates and there have been more than 300,000 years of separation between Bos indicus cattle such as brahman and the Bos taurus cattle breeds that are important to temperate production systems.”
Queensland is home to almost half of Australia’s beef cattle, with a mostly brahman influence.
Professor Moore, his QAAFI colleague Professor Ben Hayes and Dr Brian Burns from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries lead the research team.
Brahman strength is in its DNA.