Wayne Pitchford

Professor Wayne Pitchford

Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I work closely with the beef and sheep industries in Australia and New Zealand.  My primary interest has been in genetics and genomics.  I have focused on maternal productivity, feed efficiency, carcass and meat quality.  I conduct genomic analysis of two commercial beef breeding programs.  Recently I have been working closely with abattoirs to help them extract more value from carcasses by using objective measurement of quality. The logic is that as abattoirs extract more value from carcasses, demand for better carcasses will grow, thus leading to financial signals to farmers which will inevitably lead to adoption of improved genetics and production systems.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Professor University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2014 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    1999 - 2006 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1992 - 1998 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    1989 - 1992 PhD student University of New South Wales
    1988 - 1989 Technician Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1989 - 1992 University of New South Wales Australia PhD
    1984 - 1987 University of Adelaide Australia Honours, Agricultural Science
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2009 Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Australia

Advanced Livestock Measurement Technologies, Rural R&D for Profit and Meat and Livestock Australia

Carcass genomics, Herefords Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia

Black Baldy, Herefords Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia

Trans-Tasman Maternal Efficiency, Beef and Lamb Genetics New Zealand and Meat and Livestock Australia

Heifer development, Meat and Livestock Australia

Enhanced abattoir surveillance, SA Sheep Advisory Group and Meat and Livestock Australia

Wagyu Genomics, Innovations Connections Grant, Federal Government

Tropical Genomics, Innovations Connections Grant, Federal Government

Corriedale eating quality genomics, Davies Research Centre and Meat and Livestock Australia

 

Beef cattle husbandry; 1st year Animal Handling and Husbandry; Agricultural Systems

Beef and lamb production, meat quality, bench-marking; 2nd year Livestock Production Science

Population and Quantitative Genetics, 2nd year Genes and Inheritance

Animal Breeding and Genetics, 3rd year

Science: International Study Tour, 3rd year to Indonesia and Cambodia

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Initial investigation into the sources of variation in wool cortisone and hydrocortisone concentration, investigating the links between these concentrations and other wool traits and sources of variation across the body Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Octavia Anna Kelly
    2017 Principal Supervisor Genomic Selection for High Quality Beef Production Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rudi Adrianna McEwin
    2016 Principal Supervisor Improving Beef Quality Through Pre-Slaughter Cattle Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Farrah Louise Preston
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Australian Meat Consumers' Understandings of Farm Animal Welfare Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Emily Anne Buddle
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Genetic improvement of Australian meat goats Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Michael Nicholas Aldridge
    2013 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Genetic diversity and measuring genetic parameters for economically import traits in Zambian cattle Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ellison Musimuko
    2012 - 2019 Co-Supervisor The Application of Participatory Extension through Agricultural Innovation Systems in the Middle East Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Christopher Peter McDonough
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Measures of behavioural reactivity and their relationships to carcass and meat quality in sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Cathy Lyn Burnard
    2010 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Understanding Physiological Drivers of Resilience in Sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael John Wilkes
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Breeding for robustness in maternal sheep breeds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Samuel Felix Walkom
    2009 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Molecular Genetics of Residual Feed Intake and Mitochondrial Function in Cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nadiatur Akmar Zulkifli
    2008 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Spatial and temporal modelling for perennial crop variety selection trials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Joanne De Faveri
    2007 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Molecular Genetics of Cattle Muscularity Master of Agricultural Science Master Full Time Ms Irida Novianti
    2007 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Consequences of Selection for Residual Feed Intake Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr David Lines
    2007 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Genomic Approach to Understanding Variation in Bovine Fat Colour Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rugang Tian
    2007 - 2012 Principal Supervisor An Interdisciplinary Study of Maternal Productivity in Beef Cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Stephen Lee
    2006 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Genetic Independence of Fat Depots in Cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andrew Egarr
    2006 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Quantitative Trait Loci and Genes Affecting Beef Tenderness Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Lei Yao Chang
    2003 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Incorporating Pedigree Information into the Analysis of Agricultural Genetic Trials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Helena Oakey
    2003 - 2008 Co-Supervisor Identification and Characterization of Genetic Markers and Metabolic Pathways Controlling Net Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Madan Naik
    2003 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Multiple Trait Analysis for Genetic Mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci for Carcass and Beef Quality Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ali Esmailizadeh Koshkoih
    2003 - 2006 Co-Supervisor The LASSO Linear Mixed Model for Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Scott Foster
    2003 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Using Variation in Cattle Growth to Develop a Predictive Model of Carcass Quality Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hamid Reza Mirzaei
    1999 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Genetic Relationships Affecting Dual Purpose use of Merino Sheep Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Veronica Ingham
    1999 - 2003 Principal Supervisor Genetics of Growth and Development in Cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Raphael Afolayan
    1998 - 2002 Co-Supervisor DISCOVERY, ANALYSIS, AND UTILITY OF BOVINE SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISMS Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Gabrielle Sellick
    1998 - 2004 Principal Supervisor Genomics of Feed Efficiency for Livestock Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michelle Hebart
    1997 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Factors Influencing Airborne Pollutant Concentrations Within and Emissions from Australian Piggery Buildings Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Thomas Banhazi
    1997 - 2004 Principal Supervisor EFFECT OF FATTY ACID COMPOSITION ON THE FLAVOUR OF KOREAN AND AUSTRALIAN BEEF Master of Agricultural Science Master Part Time Miss Elke Stephens
    1996 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Genetic Determinants of the Responsiveness of Wool Fibres and Follicles to Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohamad Yamin
    1994 - 2006 Principal Supervisor Implications of Size and Shape of Slaughter Cattle in their Selection and Marketing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr David Rutley
    1994 - 2003 Principal Supervisor DIRECT AND CORRELATED RESPONSES TO SEVEN GENERATIONS OF DIVERGENT SELECTION FOR POST-WEANING NET FEED INTAKE IN MICE Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Toby Hughes
  • Position: Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Phone: 83137642
  • Email: wayne.pitchford@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7972
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: J.S. Davies, floor G
  • Room: G 16
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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