was created by an act of the Senate of the
University of Guelph in June 1984. Although a
centre, CGIL is still an integral part of the
Department of Animal and Poultry Science, its
teaching and graduate programs. Efforts were to
be made to foster collaborative research with
statisticians, economists, computer scientists,
molecular geneticists and veterinarians.
Research was also to involve extensive
interaction with industry personnel in Canada
and with scientists in provincial and federal
governments. Livestock, in this document,
includes poultry, aquaculture, dairy cattle,
beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats and horses.
objectives of CGIL, as set out to Senate were:
To enlarge and accelerate the University's
long-term commitment to excellence of research
and development in the field of animal breeding
and genetics of livestock improvement.
To facilitate effective long-term financing for
research in genetic improvement of livestock,
thus increasing the efficiency of existing
research programs and providing greater
flexibility for development of new programs to
be applied in industry.
To provide for advanced training in the
application of quantitative genetics to
To provide provincial and federal government
agencies in the Canadian animal breeding
industry with a centre to which these
organizations may bring their problems in
livestock breeding, contract for research and in
which they may encourage technical personnel to
work in concert with an active research group on
solution of specific problems having to do with
To provide leadership for change and updating of
existing programs and to otherwise ensure that
Canada continues in an advantageous position in
the breeding of livestock and in provision of
semen, embryos and animal breeding technology
for export around the world.
To continue to serve the livestock industries by
provision of genetic ratings on sires, dams and
young animals for breeding purposes for breeding
purposes for traits of economic importance as
well as for total economic merit.
To continue and expand the collaborative
research programs with departments of Veterinary
Microbiology and Immunology, Mathematics and
Statistics, Agricultural Economics and Extension
Education, and Computing and Information Science
as relates to animals.
field of livestock improvement, and specifically
genetics, has experienced amazing advancements
over the past 29 years as a result of improved
computing power and scientific advancements in
the world of genomics. CGIL researchers have had
a leadership role in these advancements and
continue to adapt their focus to areas of
importance and potential.