As a genetics consultant with AbacusBio, Cheryl works with breeding programs around the world. She has significant academic and industry experience in quantitative genetics, breeding programs and selection indexes for a wide range of species including sheep, beef, dairy, poultry and fish.
Cheryl puts her expertise into practise on a wide range of projects. She is an intergral part of New Zealand sheep breeding developments including various breeding objectives, the capped reproduction economic value, and wool selection indexes.
She works in dairy cattle breeding initiatives in New Zealand, Ecuador and Poland, and modelling environmental impacts of selection programs in Irish beef cattle.
Previously a lecturer at the University of Guelph in Canada, Cheryl is also a passionate and patient educator of her craft!
Her focus within AbacusBio is:
- Quantitative genetics modelling
- Variance component estimation
- Selection index development
- Breeding program design
- Greenhouse gas modelling