DONOGHUE, Kath

Kath Donoghue

Research interests

  • Animal breeding and genetics
  • Genetic improvement of reproductive performance in beef cattle
  • Genetic improvement of greenhouse gas emissions in beef cattle
  • Genetic improvement of efficiency of feed utilisation in beef cattle

Background

Kath Donoghue joined the NSW Department of Primary Industries in 2008 as a Livestock Research Officer at Trangie Agricultural Research Centre, where she specialises in beef cattle breeding and genetics research.

Recent projects include investigations into the potential for genetic improvement of methane emissions and evaluation of genetic improvement in reproductive performance of beef cattle.

Kath was a member of the research group (The cattle Methane Team) which was one of three finalists for the prestigious Australian Museum 2013 Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture.

Kath completed a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England before completing a Masters and PhD in Animal Breeding at The University of Georgia, USA. Kath was then employed as a scientist at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) for five years where her research projects included international genetic evaluation for beef cattle and parameter estimation for Australian and international beef cattle breeds. Kath has much experience in conducting genetics research on large Australian and international beef cattle data sets, and has undertaken research projects with international scientists from countries including France, Uruguay and the USA.

Qualifications

  • B.Rur.Sc. (Hons) – The University of New England 1996
  • M.Sc. Animal Breeding and Genetics – The University of Georgia (USA) 2001
  • PhD Animal Breeding and Genetics – The University of Georgia (USA) 2003

Current projects

  • Genetic improvement of cattle for reduced methane emissions
  • Divergent selection for feed efficiency and for methane in cattle
  • Gene discovery and expression for methane emissions
  • Genetic improvement in reproductive performance of beef cattle

Recent publications

Arthur P.F., Donoghue, K.A., T. Bird-Gardiner, R.M. Herd, and R.S. Hegarty. 2016. Effect of measurement duration in respiration chambers on methane traits of beef cattle. Animal Production Science (Published online, awaiting print - dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN15425).

Donoghue, K.A., T. Bird-Gardiner, P.F. Arthur, R.M. Herd, and R.S. Hegarty. 2016. Repeatability of methane emission measurements in Australian beef cattle. Animal Production Science 56: 213-217.

Donoghue, K.A., T. Bird-Gardiner, P.F. Arthur, R.M. Herd, and R.S. Hegarty. 2016. Genetic and phenotypic variance and covariance components for methane emission and postweaning traits in Angus cattle. Journal of Animal Science 94: 1438-1445.

Donoghue, K.A., S.J. Lee, P.F. Parnell and W.S. Pitchford. 2016. Maternal body composition in seedstock herds. 4. Genetic parameters for body composition of Angus and Hereford cows. Animal Production Science (Published online, awaiting print - dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN13258).

Hayes, B.J., K.A. Donoghue, C.M. Reich, B.A. Mason, T. Bird-Gardiner, R.M. Herd and P.F. Arthur. 2016. Genomic heritabilities and genomic estimated breeding values for methane traits in Angus cattle. Journal of Animal Science 94:902-908.

Manzanilla-Pech CIV, Y. Haas, B.J. Hayes, R.F. Veerkamp, M. Khansefid, K.A. Donoghue,P.F. Arthur and J.E. Pryce. 2016. Genomewide association study of methane emissions in Angus beef cattle with validation in dairy cattle. Journal of Animal Science 94: 4151-4166.

Herd, R.M., P.F. Arthur, K.A. Donoghue, S.H. Bird, T. Bird-Gardiner and R.S. Hegarty. 2014. Measures of methane production and their phenotypic relationships with dry matter intake, growth, and body composition traits in beef cattle. Journal of Animal Science 92: 5267-5274.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member Australian Society of Animal Production
  • Member of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Fields of research

  • 070201 Animal Breeding

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Animal genomics
  • Animal breeding
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal growth and development

Contact details

Email: kath.donoghue@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Location: Trangie Agricultural Research Centre