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Innovation in Livestock Genetic Improvement

Publication Date: 09 October, 2013


M Mofakkarul Islam, Alan Renwick, Chrysa Lamprinopoulou, and Laurens Klerkx.

EuroChoices, 12(1):42–47, 2013.

The application of genetic selection technologies in livestock breeding offers unique opportunities to enhance the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of the livestock industry. However, there is a concern that the uptake of these technologies has been slower in the sheep and beef sectors in comparison to the dairy, pig and poultry sectors. This article discusses how an agricultural innovation systems perspective can help identify the dynamics of technology uptake in the livestock sector using the adoption of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) in sheep production in Scotland as a case study.