Centre for Animal Science (CAS)

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland

CAS leads tropical livestock research and development in Australia. The centre works to improve animal health, welfare and productivity outcomes in the animal industries, and undertakes work in animal health programs, pest and disease control through improved detection, monitoring and vaccine technologies, plus application of integrated pest management systems. The centre has a strong capability in genetics, breeding and reproductive capability of northern Australian cattle breeds. The Centre is part of QAAFI is a unique Australian research institute, and among only a handful of similar scientific organisations anywhere in the world. It is comprised of three inter-related research centres (plant, animal and food) with a focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in the tropical and subtropical systems. QAAFI brings together scientists from across Queensland, working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).

Organisation type
  • University Research Centre
  • Queensland Government – Partner
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
Queensland Bioscience Precinct, 306 Carmody Road, St Lucia QLD 4067

Strengths and capabilities

  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Animal health
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal welfare
  • Analytical genomics

Facilities and major equipment

  • Physical Containment Class 2 (PC2) laboratory
  • Quarantine laboratory
  • Cropping and animal farming facilities
  • Cropping research facilities at Hermitage, Toowoomba and Gatton

Lead researcher

Professor Ben Hayes—Co-inventor of genomic prediction with extensive experience in genetic improvement of livestock, crop, pasture and aquaculture species

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