Dr Kirsty Moore

Senior Geneticist
Animal & Veterinary Sciences


Research interests 

I have a wide range of applied research interests where the research outcomes directly benefit and impact the industry. Utilising large industry level datasets allow significant improvements for genetic evaluations of traits with economic Importance to the industry. Recent research has focused of utilising industry datasets and genomic selection to improve abattoir carcase traits (EUROP traits and VIA primal cuts), female fertility and calf survival.

I am also a current member of the ICAR Interbeef working group (2009 – current) and the British Cattle Breeders Club Committee, (2013 – current).

  • Professional links

Research Projects

  • Combined breed analysis for terminal sire sheep breeds (EBLEX) 2014-2018
  • Genetic Evaluation of Beef Cattle and Sheep Contract (EBLEX) 2016-2018
  • Genetic evaluation of British Limousin Cattle society data (BLCS) 2016 - 2018
  • Improving female fertility and calf survival in the UK beef industry (Innovate UK) 2016-2017
  • RamCompare (AHDB + industry partners) 2015-2017
  • Utilising sequence data and genomics to improve novel carcass traits in beef cattle (Innovate UK) 2012-2016
  • Genetic Evaluation of Beef Cattle and Sheep Contract (EBLEX) 2012-2015
  • Genetic evaluation of British Limousin Cattle society data (BLCS) 2012 - 2015
  • Using Abattoir Generated Data and BCMS Records for Carcass Trait Evaluations Levy Board (EBLEX, DAIRYCO & HCC) 2014-2015
  • Inbreeding prediction tool to aid mating decisions in sheep and beef genetic improvement programs (KTN SPARK award 2014)
  • A feasibility pilot study for producing Across Country Across Breed genetic evaluations of sheep (KTN SPARK award 2013)

Selected Publications


  • Englishby TM, Moore KL, Berry DP, Coffey, MP, Banos G. 2017. Herd-specific random regression carcass profiles for beef cattle after adjustment for animal genetic merit. Meat Science, 129, 188–196.
  • Garza Hernandez D, Mucha S, Banos G, Kaseja K, Moore K, Lambe N, Bunger L. 2017. Analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms variation associated with important economic and computed tomography measured traits in Texel sheep. Animal, published online
  • Kaseja K, Boon S, Moore K. 2017. Novel approach to the reduction of round worm infections in Lleyn sheep. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 102.
  • McLaren A, Kaseja K, Moore K, Mucha S, Boon S, Conington J. 2017. Genetic aspects of ewe longevity and fertility traits in Lleyn and Dorset sheep. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 101.
  • Moore KL, Mrode R, Coffey MP. 2017. Genetic parameters of Visual Image Analysis primal cut carcass traits of commercial prime beef slaughter animals. Animal, 11(10), 1653–1659
  • Moran AT, Coffey M, Moore K. 2017. Improving female fertility and calf survival in the UK Limousin beef cattle. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 37.


  • Bunger L, Fell G, McLean K, Gordon J, Moore KL, Lambe NR. 2016. Gene pool fishing by out-crossing and back-crossing cycles to accelerate genetic improvement in carcass traits of sheep. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 12.
  • Englishby TM, Banos G, Moore KL, Coffey MP, Evans RD, Berry DP. 2016. Genetic analysis of carcass traits in beef cattle using random regression models. Journal of animal science 94 (4), 1354-1364
  • Englishby TM, Berry DP, Moore KL, Coffey MP, Banos G. 2016. Random regression analysis to determine herd profiles for carcass weight in UK beef cattle. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 91.
  • Kaseja K, Boon S, Moore KL. 2016. Determining accurate proportion of breed make up of UK sheep to enable combined breed genetic evaluations. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 13.
  • Lambe NR, Bunger L, Conington J, Moore KL, Coffey MP. 2016. Investigating the measurement of feed efficiency in sheep. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 15.
  • McLaren A, Mucha S, Kaseja K, Moore KL, Boon S, Conington J. 2016. Genetic parameters of lamb survival for Dorset, Lleyn and Texel sheep. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 92.
  • Moore KL, Boon S, Kaseja K, 2016. The development of a UK national terminal combined breed genetic evaluation. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 11.
  • Moran AT, Moore KL, Amer P, Coffey MP. 2016. Optimal slaughter age of UK beef cattle to increase profitability and reduce greenhouse gas. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 48.


  • Ceyhan, A., Moore, K., & Mrode, R. (2015). The estimation of (co)variance components growth, reproduction, carcass, FECS and FECN traits in Lleyn sheep. Small Ruminant Research, 131, 29–34.
  • Englishby TM, Banos G, Coffey MP, Moore KL, Berry DP. 2015. Young bull genetic growth profile for carcass weight. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 61.
  • Moore K, Pearston F, Pritchard T, Wall E, Coffey M. 2015. Producing the UK’s first carcase trait Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) using national abattoir data. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 55
  • Nani J, Coffey M, Moore K. 2015. Estimation of genetic parameters for Video Image Analysis (VIA) carcass traits. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 56


  • Bunger, L., Clelland, N., Moore, K., McLean, K.A., Kongsro, J., Lambe, N.R., 2014. Integrating computed tomography into commercial sheep breeding in the UK: cost and value. In: Maltin, C.A., Craigie, C.R., Bunger, L. (Eds.), FARM ANIMAL IMAGING Copenhagen 2014, SRUC, Edinburgh, pp. 57-60.
  • Moore K, Draper J, Glasgow A, Kerr I, Mead S, Roberts S, Wilkinson S, Coffey M. 2014. Using Video Image Analysis (VIA) to assess abattoir carcase yields and produce genomic breeding values (GEBV) for genetic improvement of beef carcase traits. British Cattle Breeder’s Club Digest 69.
  • Moore K, Pritchard T, Wilkinson S, Mrode R, Pearston F, Kaseja K, Wall E, Coffey MP. 2014. Developments in Genetic Prediction of Carcase Merit in Limousin Beef Cattle in the UK In ‘Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production’ p0244.
  • Wilkinson S, Morgante F, Coffey M, Mrode R, Moore K. 2014. Accounting for herd movement characteristics in carcase trait genetic evaluations of commercial beef cattle. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 88


  • McClure, M.C., Sonstegard, T.S., Wiggans, G.R., Van Eenennaam, A.L., Weber, K.L., Penedo, C.T., Berry, D.P., Flynn, J., Garcia, J.F., Carmo, A.S., Regitano, L.C.A., Albuquerque, M., Silva, M.V.G.B., Machado, M.A., Coffey, M., Moore, K., Boscher, M-Y., Genestout, L., Mazza, R., Taylor, J.F., Schnabel, R.D., Simpson, B., Marques, E., McEwan, J.C., Cromie, A., Coutinho, L.L., Kuehn, L.A., Keele, J.W., Piper, E.K., Cook, J., Williams, R., Bovine HapMap Consortium and Van Tassell, C.P. (2013). Imputation of miscrosatellite alleles form dense SNP genotypes for parentage verification across multiple Bos Taurus and Bos indicus breeds. Frontiers in Genetics, 4:176
  • Moore K, Mrode R, Coffey MP. 2013. UK Beef Genetic Evaluations – A changing Landscape. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 161
  • Mrode R., Moore K, and Coffey M. P. (2013). Simple method to incorporate univariate Interbeef evaluations for weaning weight into national multi-variate models. Interbull Bull. 47:166-171
  • Pritchard, T., Wall E., Moore, K. and Coffey M. P. (2013). Feasibility of using abattoir data and cattle movement records for carcass trait. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 163
  • Wilkinson, S., Pritchard, T., Coffey M. P. and Moore, K. (2013). Using British Cattle Movement Service data to enhance pedigree construction and the benefits for genomic selection of carcase traits in UK Limousin cattle. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 162


  • Moore KL, Mrode R. 2012. The implementation of docility and scrotal circumference genetic evaluations for British Limousin cattle. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 060
  • Mrode R., Moore K. and Coffey M. P. (2012). Evaluating the impact of different levels of residual polygenic effect on genomic evaluations in the United Kingdom. Advances in Animal Biosciences, 128
  • Mrode R., Moore K., Winters M, and Coffey M. P. (2012). Evaluating the impact of including residual polygenic effects in dairy genomic evaluations using Bayesian methods. Interbull Bull. 46:109-113


  • Bouquet, A., Venot, E., Laloe, D., Forabosco, F., Fogh, A., Pabiou, T., Moore, K., Eriksson, J-A., Renand, G. and Phocas, F. (2011). Genetic structure of the European Charolais and Limousin cattle metapopulations using pedigree analyses. Journal of Animal Science, 89(6):1719-30.
  • Bunger, L., J.M. Macfarlane, N.R. Lambe, J. Conington, K.A. McLean, K. Moore, C.A. Glasbey and G. Simm. (2011). Use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) in UK sheep production and breeding. CT Scanning – Techniques and Applications (Karuppasamy, S., ed) pp. 329-348, INTECH Open access Publisher.


  • Moore, K. L., Johnston, D.J., Graser, H-U. and Herd, R. (2005). Genetic and phenotypic relationships between insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and net feed intake, fat, and growth traits in Angus beef cattle. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 56(3):211 – 218.

PhD students

Tanya Englishby
Genetic and non-genetic evaluation tools for accelerating improvement in beef cattle carcass traits within and across country

Karolina Kaseja
Sheep Genomics (Using SNP data in the sheep breeding programmes)


Each year I deliver several formal lectures on aspects of UK genetic evaluations for beef, sheep and dairy. The courses that I regularly teach on are the SRUC animal breeding and genetics undergrad module, the University of Edinburgh MSc animal breeding course and BCVA course for vets.

In addition I also supervise 2 PhD students as well as MSc students for their research projects.

Dr Kirsty Moore


Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9311

Fax: 0131 535 3121

E-mail: kirsty.moore@sruc.ac.uk