Researchers Identify Promising New Gene Markers for Feed Efficiency

Researchers Identify Promising New Gene Markers for Feed Efficiency

John Maday

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Scientists at the University of Alberta have identified 19 genes that could serve as key markers for feed efficiency in cattle.  For the past decade, researchers and cattle breeders have worked to capitalize on the genetic components in the ability of cattle to efficiently convert feed into lean beef, and have made significant progress. Genetic effects on feed efficiency are difficult to measure and quantify though, especially as non-genetic environmental factors also influence feed efficiency.

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