Nutrition, genetics go hand in hand

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Ask Mason Fleenor for the best predictor of a quality beef carcass, and genetics is a quick answer.

However, it takes only a second or two before nutrition enters the conversation.

“When you are looking at how the cattle grade, I think it’s mostly genetics,” says Fleenor, who runs an Angus herd near here in Ida County.

“But I also think if you don’t feed them right, they aren’t going to grade for you.”

Genetics are a factor, but there is evidence nutrition may be just as important when it comes to quality cattle, says Larry Berger, an animal scientist at the University of Illinois.

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