CHANGING THE WORLD WITH INNOVATIVE RESEARCH
Breeding & Genetics
The Livestock Genetics group is involved in research, teaching and outreach activities. The group currently includes three faculty leaders, one research associate, one post-doctoral researcher, and a number of graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The group continues to hold its long-standing focus on beef cattle, but other work in the group involves horses, sheep, and some feral species. Faculty in the group are active members of international coordinated research committees on beef cattle breeding in the western region, national cattle evaluation methods, beef feed efficiency, and genomic tools for use in genetic evaluation. Collaborations include a wide array of projects related to beef cattle in the U.S., Canada, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, and Scotland.
The primary mission of the Livestock Genetics group at Colorado State University is in the development and implementation of genetic evaluation and improvement programs for economically relevant traits in livestock. This mission involves all of the land-grant university missions of CSU including research, teaching, and outreach.
The Livestock Genetics group maintains large Linux-based computing infrastructure located within the Department of Animal Sciences and the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. The group also continues to maintain the CSU Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock (CGEL), which conducts numerous genetic evaluations and developmental research for breed associations, private companies, and producer groups around the world. Other facilities and livestock populations are commonly used by the group and CGEL. Notably, the CSU Beef Improvement Center (BIC – Rouse One Bar Eleven Ranch), near Saratoga, Wyoming, and the CSU Feed Intake Unit at ARDEC, just north of Fort Collins. The BIC is used for research in beef cow-calf production and efficiency, adaptability to high-altitude, and related reproductive traits of genetic and economic importance, with a herd of about 425 Angus cows. The CSU-FIU facility has the capacity to measure individual feed intake on approximately 600 cattle per year, and has been in operation at ARDEC since 2009.
The Livestock Genetics group is also involved in teaching and distance education efforts in livestock genetics and related areas, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.