Date: 29 April 2016
Over one hundred peak industry executives, genetics experts and state and federal department representatives visited UNE today to attend the Genetics Forum.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, a joint research and development venture between the University and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
In her opening address, Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan acknowledged UNE’s leadership in Animal Genetics research, teaching and learning, and industry partnerships, which has been demonstrated by AGBU’s extraordinary growth and achievements.
“The CRCs at UNE covering beef, sheep and poultry, and the Agricultural Business Research Institute, Sheep Genetics and the State Centre of Excellence for Beef Research, also show our expertise in this area.
“But, perhaps no better example of UNE’s long-term success in genetics research is the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, which this year celebrates its 40th birthday.”
Prof Duncan added that has generated a massive return on public investment and is a testament to the way universities and government can would together to advance the public good.
“The Meat & Livestock Australia estimated that the net present value of the sheep and beef improvement programs supported by AGBU’s research since the 1980s was around $12.8 billion, with current gains per annum of $441 million, accelerating at $40 million year-on-year,” Prof Duncan added.
The Forum was a joint initiative with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Barnaby Joyce, providing high-level consultation with government officials on industry and research matters and helping to celebrate UNE’s many years of research excellence in Animal Genetics.
“I am endeavouring to make UNE the national hub of agricultural research, and we’ve got to put our finger on what that means for the university and for the agricultural sector,” Mr Joyce said.