Precision Breeding Equals Sustainable Beef Cattle Production- Dr. Alison Van EenennaamMon, 07 Mar 2016 05:11:45 CST
It could be called Precision Breeding- the technology that is being worked on by scientists like Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam of the University of California in Davis. Her work in the gene editing arena was featured in a presentation at the Cattle Industry Convention earlier this year. Radio Oklahoma Network Director of Farm Programming Ron Hays talked with her after her presentation about what lies ahead with these techniques she is fine tuning.
Dr. Van Eenennaam says that for example, "you could take your very best embryo of the next generation and then just tweak the DNA so that the animal will be resistant or less susceptible to Bovine Respiratory Disease or whatever trait you are after- and that is what I think the breeders of the world are excited about and would like to use this technology for applications that I think align with a lot of people's sustainability concepts with animals that are disease resistant, that don't get sick, they don't suffer, you don't need to use antibiotics and they are more productive and so it checks off all the sustainability boxes."
Today's Beef Buzz features Dr. Van Eenennaam talking about this brave new world- you can hear her comments with Ron by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below. Part one of this two part series with Dr. Eenennaam can be heard by clicking here.
We have featured the exploits of Dr. Van Eenennaam before, as she was presented the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa. Recipients of this annual award are science/ag experts who demonstrate an ability to communicate by written material, public presentations, and various forms of media. The award was presented by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
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