Researcher Looks at the Genetic Aspects of Marbling

Researcher Looks at the Genetic Aspects of Marbling

Cattle Today

Marbling drives value-based beef marketing. How to infuse enough of this quality-grade potential into herd genetics – or even how much is enough – has remained something of a mystery.

That’s partly because of the wide range of research results and advice, along with a segmented supply chain and erratic market signals.

Producers selecting for quality may already know marbling is “moderately to highly heritable,” averaging near 45 percent. Heritability is the part of the variance in an observed trait after allowing for environmental factors.

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