Selective breeding programs for game bird and ratite farming

University of Western Australia

  • Project code: PRJ-002364

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Wednesday, October 3, 2007

  • Project completion date: Friday, May 31, 2013

  • National Priority: NAP-Enhance industry success through targeted industry-specific RD&E


This research aims to improve efficiency of game bird and ratite industries through selective breeding programs and application of artificial insemination (AI), fertility and hatchability technologies. Genetic improvement programs will be developed and carried out for squab, pheasant and goose productions and advances will be made in AI technology for emus and ostriches. The project will be carried out on collaborative farms in Queensland, Victoria, NSW and WA and at research facilities of the University of Western Australia and the Institute of Agriculture in South Africa. The outcomes for the game bird and ratite industries will be controlled breeding programs and increased efficiency of production and viable protocols for AI technology in emus and ostriches. New R&D strategic plan will be developed for turkey, quail, guinea fowl, partridge and silky chickens. It is anticipated that the result of this project by improving efficiency of production will give the industries greater capability, reliability, predictability, economic security and competitiveness on domestic and international markets.


New and Emerging Animal Industries

Research Organisation

University of Western Australia

Objective Summary

1. Develop genetic improvement program for commercial squab production
2. Improve commercial pheasant production through genetic selection and improved management
3. Improve reproductive efficiency in commercial duck production
4. Improve fertility and meat traits in commercial goose production
5. Develop viable artificial insemination (AI) protocols for the emu and ostrich
6. Develop R&D plan for turkey, quail, silky chickens, partridge and guinea fowl production