New face joins fa­cil­ity’s sheep, grains pro­grams

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Gavin d'Ad­he­mar is the DPRD's Katan­ning Re­search Fa­cil­ity's new tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager.

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