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Joanne Conington


  • Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

1995 …2022
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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Genetic and environmental influences on sheep and goat production, performance, health and survival
  • Development and implementation of broader breeding goals and indices for sustainable hill sheep production
  • Genetics of maternal traits in sheep and goats
  • Quantitative and molecular genetic solutions for disease control in small ruminants


  • BSc Animal Science
  • BSc Agriculture
  • MSc University of Edinburgh Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis
  • Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh

Other work

  • Chair of International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Expert Advisory Group (EAG) for Sheep, Goat and Small camelid meat recording guidelines (2016- ongoing).
  • President of the Sheep and Goat Commission, European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) (2014 - ongoing).
  • Animal Breeding workstream leader, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (2008 - 2018).
  • BSAS Science and Innovation Committee member (2013 – ongoing).
  • BSAS representative for EAAP (2011- 2013).

Previous employer

2014 - presentReader in Applied Livestock Genetics, SRUC (Grade 1)
2012 - 2014Senior Livestock Geneticist, SRUC
1992 - 2012Livestock Geneticist, SAC (part time (60%) 1995 – 2000)
1990 - 1992Sheep Specialist, Meat and Livestock Commission, England.
1987 – 1989Livestock Specialist, United Nations Association International Service, Bolivia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Master, University of Aberdeen

Bachelor, Newcastle University

External positions

President of the Sheep and Goat Scientific Commission, EAAP

1 Jan 20151 Jan 2020

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Projects 2014 2022

Research Output 1995 2019

The genetics of tooth loss and longevity in Scottish Blackface hill ewes

McLaren, A., Conington, JE., Boman, I. A., Pabiou, T., McHugh, N., Waterhouse, A. & Lambe, NR., 10 Apr 2019, Animal Science Fit for the Future - Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science. 1 ed. Edinburgh: Cambridge University Press, Vol. 10. p. 124 1 p. 124

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

New mastitis phenotypes suitable for genomic selection in meat sheep and their genetic relationships with udder conformation and lamb live weights

McLaren, A., Kaseja, K., Yates, J., Mucha, S., Lambe, NR. & Conington, JE., 26 Mar 2018, In : Animal. 12, 12, p. 2470 - 2479 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
sheep meat
marker-assisted selection
genetic relationships

Genetic aspects of ewe longevity and fertility traits in Lleyn and Dorset sheep

McLaren, A., Kaseja, K., Moore, KL., Mucha, S., Boon, S. & Conington, JE., Apr 2017, p. 101. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

Genetic Solutions

Dominik, S., Smith, J., Conington, JE., Daetwyler, H., Olesen, I., Bunter, K., Ferguson, D. (ed.), Lee, C. (ed.) & Fisher, A. (ed.), 2017, Advances in Sheep Welfare. Ferguson, D., Lee, C. & Fisher, A. (eds.). Woodhead Publishing, Vol. 1. p. 107 - 130 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Genome-wide association study of conformation and milk yield in mixed-breed dairy goats

Mucha, S., Mrode, R., Coffey, MP., Kizilaslan, M., Desire, S. & Conington, JE., 28 Dec 2017, In : Journal of Dairy Science. 101, 3, p. 2213 - 2225 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
dairy goats
single nucleotide polymorphism
milk yield