Animal genotype plays a large role in farm profitability, helping the efficient conversion of grass into product.
Consequently, genetic improvement in the sheep industry has been a key focus of the the Mackinnon group since our inception in 1983, and all consultants take an active interest in sheep breeding. Dr Fred Morley, founding Director of the Mackinnon Project, was trained by Dr Jay Lush in quantitative genetics at the University of Iowa in the 1950's. Fred's work identified the benefits of measuring sheep for those factors that directly influence profit in order to achieve meaningful genetic gains.
The Mackinnon Project has helped define the consequences of selection using objective measurement in sheep production systems. Important practical issues have been highlighted in many newsletter articles and research, such as the 'World's Finest Ram' Project, over the past 20 years.
The Mackinnon project has considerable skill and experience in developing and applying practical animal breeding programs: