One key problem facing modern livestock production in both large intensive and smallholder farming systems is on how to deal with the apparent antagonistic relationships and trade-offs that exist among biological and environmental traits. The questions are, how to identify and utilise indicators that help to predict observed phenotypes and associations? How to effectively apply technologies in either defining novel traits or exploring new ways of measuring old traits for early and proactive management and optimising improvement strategies? Which genotypes are appropriate for which production systems? How to quantify difficult to measure traits such s enteric methane and other greenhouse gases (GHG) in different ruminant production systems? To answer these and similar questions my research is aimed at contributing to the development of efficient genetic improvement systems that improve productivity while protecting the environment.

My vision of success for collaborative research is a fully funded integrative project aimed at addressing practical issues where the contribution of all collaborators is respected