Progress and opportunities through use of genomics in animal production

Huw E. Jones*, Philippe B. Wilson

*Corresponding author for this work

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The rearing of farmed animals is a vital component of global food production systems, but its impact on the environment, human health, animal welfare, and biodiversity is being increasingly challenged. Developments in genetic and genomic technologies have had a key role in improving the productivity of farmed animals for decades. Advances in genome sequencing, annotation, and editing offer a means not only to continue that trend, but also, when combined with advanced data collection, analytics, cloud computing, appropriate infrastructure, and regulation, to take precision livestock farming (PLF) and conservation to an advanced level. Such an approach could generate substantial additional benefits in terms of reducing use of resources, health treatments, and environmental impact, while also improving animal health and welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1228-1252
Number of pages25
JournalTrends in Genetics
Issue number12
Early online date6 Aug 2022
Publication statusPrint publication - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • conservation
  • farmed animals
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • precision livestock farming
  • Animals
  • Livestock/genetics
  • Animal Welfare
  • Genome/genetics
  • Humans
  • Genomics
  • Animal Husbandry


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