Witnessing a Revolution - Genomic Research, New Technology Continues to Advance Angus BreedThu, 23 Aug 2018 10:34:49 CDT
The American Angus Association is easily the largest US beef cattle breed in America and John Pfeiffer, a cattle producer from Oklahoma and the association’s current vice president, says one of the things he has enjoyed about the breed is watching genomic technology develop and seeing its use and influence within the breed grow.
“We see genomics beginning to drive our industry a lot and they’re beginning to dictate a lot of what our producers do,” he told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays in a recent interview. “It’s very different from when my grandad and my dad started - but it’s even different since I’ve been on the board. When I went in on the board eight years ago, genomic testing was in its infancy. But, with the way in which the membership has adopted it and realized the importance of it, it has allowed us to move it to the forefront of the breed.”
Less than a year ago, the American Angus Association released a genomic chip specifically designed for Angus cattle. Pfeiffer says the first results from that test have just recently been compiled and delivered back to producers to help them make better informed breeding decisions for the direction of their herd. In addition, Pfeiffer says the Association plans in the near future to release another new program for the commercial cattleman called Angus Link. With the rate of genomic testing within the breed growing exponentially, Pfeiffer believes that the Association will eventually be able to harness entire genomes and control them internally to conduct further research and position the Angus Association as the keeper of that information.
“With this information, I can provide my customers with a lot more accuracy and allows them to have a better understanding of what bulls’ genomics are and what their cows are - and it provides this information at a much younger age,” he said. “With this data, we can identify these calves at two or three days of age.”
Listen to Pfeiffer and Hays discuss the advancements in genomic research at the American Angus Association, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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