Unlocking Genetic Secrets

Unlocking Genetic Secrets

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Journal

Feed costs account for 65%-70% of total beef production costs. And with grain prices at some of the highest levels in recent memory, the American Angus Association is looking for ways to help producers manage those costs. By selecting genetics for the best feed efficiency, producers may someday be able to lower the feed line item in the ledger.

“The American Angus Association has agreements in place with principal investigators from the University of Illinois (U of I) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) to take a multidisciplinary approach to studying feed efficiency,” says Sally Northcutt, genetic research director for the Association. “We hope that this research will spearhead future practical data collection and analysis for genetic selection tool development.”


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