Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Brianna Maslen

 Brianna Maslen

Bachelor in Animal Science (Honours)

Faecal Microbiomes and their Relationship with the overall Health and Productivity of Cattle.

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The gastro-intestinal tract contains trillions of microorganisms that directly or indirectly influence health and productivity of cattle. My project aims to investigate whether the type/abundance of faecal microorganisms differs significantly between cattle that have either very high or low scores for economically important traits of beef cattle (e.g. immune competence, growth rates and meat quality). If significant differences in faecal microbial populations are found, once characterised, they can be used to develop crush side tests that can be performed on farm, in order to identify low performing animals early and develop highly specific management interventions tailored to these animals.

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Dr Sameer Pant and Associate Professor Jason White

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Australian Graduate and Research Training Scholarship

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