Researchers are Working to Improve Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle
Animal science researchers at the University of Missouri are working to improve feed efficiency in beef cattle. Investigators have located the chromosomal regions responsible for growth performance that help cattle get the most out of what they eat. Armed with this knowledge, cattle producers will be able to build their herds by selecting and breeding stock that best possess this trait. These “feed conversion” genes are located on different chromosomes in different breeds, so herd improvement selection criteria will vary by breed. By increasing the nutritional efficiency of their herds, cattle producers will see higher proﬁts by reducing the amount of feed it takes to raise cattle. This will also reduce the environmental footprint of beef production by reducing amount of manure and greenhouse gases.
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