Raising rare breeds: domestication, extinction and meat in the Anthropocene
Started at UWA: 2020
To advance theoretical understandings of domestication, extinction and human-animal relationships in the Anthropocene.
To inform public debate around livestock genetic diversity, regenerative farming, and food security.
To contribute to policy efforts to support rare-breed conservation and regenerative farming in Australia.
Work with us
We welcome rare-breed farmers to participate in this project and share their experiences.
If you’d like to get involved, please contact Dr Catie Gressier on the details below.
Selective breeding for milk and muscle has corroded cattle health and genetic diversity.Read more
Rare breeds and bio-diversity
It’s not just species in the natural world that are in trouble. A recent UN report warns that every month another rare or heritage breed has become extinct.Read more
Extinction of farm animals threatens food security
Australian agriculture is rapidly breeding out diversity within farmed animals, genetics which could one day be the key to stopping diseases and adapting to changing environments.Read more
Five early career researchers awarded federal funding
Five researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded almost $2.05 million in Federal Government funding.Read more
Research team leader
Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award: $422,108 over three years