New face joins facility’s sheep, grains programs
We are keen to raise the profile of the Katanning Research Facility. Gavin d’Adhemar
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Katanning Research Facility has a new technical services manager.
Gavin d’Adhemar has been with the department since 1982, initially based at Salmon Gums research station, and since then has worked at multiple research facilities around the State.
His work has focused on agricultural research, including horticulture, livestock and grains.
Mr d’Adhemar joins the research and development team at Katanning to support the sheep and grains programs that are being undertaken on site and within the surrounding districts.
“Currently, there are multiple collaborative sheep projects being undertaken on the Katanning site with a focus on measuring extensive numbers of sire progeny performance traits on meat, wool and welfare, that are economically important but are expensive and difficult to measure on commercial properties,” he said.
“This information is then used to increase the accuracy of breeding values of existing traits, and the estimation of breeding values for new traits, and the identification of genetic markers that could be used to develop genomic breeding values to identify animals that are genetically superior very early in life.” Mr d’Adhemar said these projects and other grains programs would continue to make valuable contributions to the WA sheep and cropping industry as well as being part of research projects that would have an impact on the industry Australia-wide.
“We are keen to raise the profile of the Katanning Research Facility within the research community and lead an expansion of the facilities that are being offered for research in both livestock and grains,” he said.
Gavin d'Adhemar is the DPRD's Katanning Research Facility's new technical services manager.