About MateSel

*** Update Nov 2023: New MateSel version released. Release notes available from the download page.
*** Update Jun 2023: New feature released 'Mixed Mating Groups' for multi-sire joining, mass spawning fish, dissemination to multipliers, etc. View video.

MateSel is a software package used to drive your breeding program. It makes selection and mating decisions while balancing genetic gain and diversity, but with deviations according to other technical and logistical constraints as specified by the user.

MateSel is used world-wide by top breeding organisations across the key animal industries including: Dairy, Beef, Pigs, Meat Sheep, Wool Sheep, Broilers, Eggs, Turkeys, Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and Shrimp. MateSel is also used in plants including: Trees, Canola, Chickpeas, and Beans.

Many technical developments made for specific industries have proved useful across industries – so you can benefit from a wide range of ideas. While balancing genetic gain and diversity (Optimal Contributions Selection), you can simultaneously:
  • Manage genetic defects and gene edits
  • Manage trait distributions, including Tactical Desired Gains
  • Target creation of different categories of seedstock for sale according to the needs of different categories of customer
  • Handle the use of reproductive technologies
  • Impose a wide range of constraints on animal movement, numbers of matings, patterns of mating, and others
  • Use genomic information for mating decisions as well as for selection.
You are in control. You guide MateSel to a solution that you adopt, using an interactive graphical interface. If you don’t like what you see then you can "change the goalposts" and MateSel finds a solution for this new direction. In the end, you make the decisions, not the program. But MateSel does all the hard stuff. MateSel is also used in many organisations as a research tool, typically to explore different strategy options for implementing breeding programs. Options can be compared graphically on-screen to aid decisions on strategy.

Some comments from users...
MateSel resulted in a predicted 37.0% improvement in economic index in the progeny, with a 37.2% reduction in population inbreeding.
This totally changed my plant breeding world, and also my plant breeding methodology.
This is the glue that holds our breeding programs together!
The Aha moment with breeding values is using MateSel and predicting what the next generation is going to be doing ... and seeing that prediction actually come to fruition.
MateSel took the stress out of the joining decisions.
Our clients were quite impressed with the program. From conversations with colleagues in commercial breeding programs, it seems to me that MateSel is fast becoming the industry standard.

General Introduction Video

Below is the first video in a series we will be progressively releasing on various MateSel topics. We expect to have 20-30 videos in this series so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get notifications about new videos.

MateSel in the news

Publication in Journal of Heredity: Management of diversity and inbreeding when importing new stock into an inbred population
MateSel used to maximise imported genetic material within inbred populations.
How a group of Merino breeders increased the rate of genetic gain by 134% in five years!
A publication related to the video case study below
DNA Project Case Study - Bella Lana
MateSel assisting with sheep joinings in Australia
Publication in Plants: Optimal Contribution Selection Improves the Rate of Genetic Gain in Grain Yield and Yield Stability in Spring Canola in Australia and Canada
MateSel used to make design and breeding decisions in canola
Publication in Nature: A chickpea genetic variation map based on the sequencing of 3,366 genomes
MateSel used to make design and breeding decisions in chickpeas
MateSel takes a lot of guesswork out of selection mating
A newspaper article in THE LAND showing MateSel assisting with ram and ewe matings
Improve your breeding decisions with MateSel
The Australian Wagyu Association highlighting their experience with MateSel
A Seedstock Producer’s Perspective on MateSel
An interview with users of MateSel supplied through BREEDPLAN, showing how they objectively optimise mating allocations
Sheep breeding using technology aims to find a perfect match
MateSel in the Australian Sheep breeding industry
New MateSel helps avoid inbreeding
MateSel launched for BREEDPLAN
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