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Science of Genomics Key to Success in Purebred Angus Industry Says Dr. Kent Andersen With ZoetisMon, 09 Nov 2020 08:38:48 CST
Dr. Kent Andersen, director of technical services with Zoetis Animal Genetics, says the science of genomics continues to be a key part of the success in the purebred industry including the American Angus Association and their partnership with Zoetis.
Andersen was a presenter during the education session of the American Angus Association annual meeting in Kansas City this week which is a combination of virtual and in-person meeting.
He noted improving information gathering in the key.
We’re all about creating more profitable American Angus Association members as well as commercial users of Angus genetics, Andersen said.
The underlying principle here is we want breeders and commercial producers to have the tools to improve efficiency up and down the beef supply chain, Andersen said.
Animal genetics science is moving in the same direction as technological science techniques in the farming industry where various technologies are married together to increase efficiency and production.
Tools like GPS and soil maps along with hybrid seed are blended together to optimize things throughout the crop production system, Andersen said.
We think this is a precursor of things to come in the animal agriculture world, he said.
The key DNA test Zoetis has developed for the Angus producers is HD50K.
The key benefit of HD50K delivers an increase in accuracy for individual traits, especially for young non-parent animals Andersen said. These animals typically would have limited or no progeny daughters, or carcass information.
The specific HD50K Angus seedstock are equivalent to what otherwise would require a bull having the better part of the first calf crop with performance data included in the evaluation, Andersen said.
The bottom line is fewer breeding mistakes, he said.
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