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Dr. Kent Anderson Says It's Been The Decade of DNA Testing For Impoved Cattle Genetics

Mon, 24 Feb 2020 10:01:00 CST

Dr. Kent Anderson Says It's Been The Decade of DNA Testing For Impoved Cattle Genetics


In today’s Beef Buzz, Ron Hays talks with Dr. Kent Anderson, Director of Technical Services for Zoetis Animal Genetics, about the explosion of genetic information for cattle during the past decade.

“We think that in 2020 in the beef seedstock world, we will cross the one million mark for those that have been high density 50,000 marker tested,” said Anderson. “This is good news for commercial cow-calf producers because they can buy bulls with more accurate genomic enhanced EPDs.”

Anderson said it’s like the bull having a first calf crop on the ground with all the genetic data before he becomes a parent.

Anderson said commercial cow/calf producers would benefit by soon having the same genetic data once only available to the seed stock producers.

The animal geneticist added this would allow commercial producers to quickly and easily pinpoint profitable animals.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the complete interview with Don Close as he talks with Ron Hays.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is 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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