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PorK CRC appoint Research Fellow to improve herd feed conversion efficiency

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article image Dr Craig Lewis with Dr Kim Bunter

Pork CRC  have appointed Dr Craig Lewis as a Research Fellow working within their Programme Two to improve herd feed conversion efficiency.

Dr Lewis, who has migrated from the UK to Australia to work with Dr Kim Bunter at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) located at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, will analyse the genetic associations between the voluntary feed intake of females, finisher performance and sow longevity.

The project will establish genetic and phenotypic relationships between sow traits such as lactational feed intake, sow IGF-I, sow weight and fat depths and other economically important performance and reproductive traits. Its vital information will help to develop breeding programmes to target efficient production and improved sow lifetime reproductive performance.

According to Dr Roger Campbell, CEO, Pork CRC, Dr Lewis’ high level international research and experience in pig genetics would be vital to control production costs for Australian pork producers.

Dr Lewis completed his PhD in Quantitative Genetics at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, dissecting the genetic control of host resistance to PRRS.

His Masters thesis at Texas Tech University on transporting and handling swine in commercial operations indicates the breadth of his knowledge of the pork industry.

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