This project, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Conservation of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Programme will use DNA samples collected from representative Kerry cattle to:
- Provide an assessment of present-day levels of genomic diversity in Kerry cattle compared with other European and world breeds.
- Investigate how levels of inbreeding and any recent genetic bottlenecks have affected genome diversity in the Kerry breed.
- Identify genetic features unique to the Kerry breed particularly those genomic regions that have been subjected to artificial and natural selection since the breed formation ~170 years ago.
- Understand how genomic diversity in Kerry cattle has been modified over the past ~20 years and how breeding and management programmes established in the 1980s have contributed to these patterns of variation.