University of Guelph

The University of Guelph’s Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL) is an international leader in education, research and promotion of animal breeding, genetics and genomics of livestock. Established in 1984, CGIL is located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and involves faculty, post-graduates and students in a variety of areas of genetic improvement of livestock including cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, among others. CGIL includes 6 regular and 11 adjunct faculty members, about 35 graduate students and 15 post-graduate fellows. The Centre has a long history of contributions to many well known developments in the field of genetic evaluation of livestock, such as iteration on data, random regression test day models, MACE evaluation, and genomic evaluation. CGIL mission is to position livestock industry partners as global leaders in animal genetic products and genetic improvement technologies through world leading research and training. CGIL has an updated central computing facility and expertise applying computationally intensive methodologies currently required for genetic and genomic research. The Centre’s activities are also supported by several research stations located in Guelph’s vicinity.