Bernard Ato Hagan (PhD in Quantitative Genetics, McGill University, Canada) is a lecturer at the Department of Animal Production and Health where he teaches Genetics and Animal Breeding, Research Methods, Organic Agriculture and other related courses at the Dormaa Campus of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana. Dr. Hagan was an AusAid scholar at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He has extensive research experience in livestock genetic improvement and design of breeding programmes under low input farming systems, ruminant production, dairy science, poultry breeding and computation of economic values of relevant traits in livestock species under smallholder farming systems. His past research interests included realized and observed genetic selection differentials in economic traits of livestock, estimation of genetic parameters of quantitative traits, genotype by environment interactions in farmed species and use of morphological traits to predict the live body weights of farmed species. Dr. Hagan has expertise in quantitative genetics, animal breeding, statistical analyses and computer programming using SAS, R, FORTRAN, Genstat and WOMBAT.
His current research interests include the determination of realized genetic selection differentials for production, type and functional traits in dairy cattle herds, development of tools and visualization models to monitor selection in livestock herds, and the impact of non-genetic factors on production and functional traits in ruminants.
Dr. Hagan was the coordinator of the Community-based Small Ruminant breeding programme in northern Ghana funded by the Ministry of Local Government and Canadian International Development Agency. He is passionate about the training of the next generation of animal geneticists and breeders and has been a guest lecturer at University for Development Studies (UDS), Ghana and McGill University, Canada. He has also served as an external examiner for postgraduate students at UDS. Dr. Hagan has won a number of awards including Ghana Education Trust Fund Scholarship (2016-2020), Australian Award Scholarship (2011-2012), Kinghorn Prize in Genetics (2011), Acram Taji Awards at UNE (2012) and Best National Agricultural Research Team (2009). He has over 20 peer-reviewed research publications in both local and international journals such as Journal of Dairy Science, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, Tropical Animal Health and Production, Livestock Research for Rural Development, International Journal of Livestock Research, Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science and Ghanaian Journal of Agricultural Science. He is a member of many Animal Science and Livestock based Associations in Ghana and abroad.
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