Se­crets to the brah­man breed

South Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Brah­man strength is in its DNA.

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