Genomics for the Commercial Cattleman

Genomics for the Commercial Cattleman

Jamie T. Courter

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Geneticists have a way of making things complicated, using phrases like “single nucleotide polymorphism,” “estimated progeny difference,” and the scariest of all – “genomics”. Since its introduction into the seedstock industry, genomics has been a concept as abstract as the “cloud”. It’s something that must be believed, not seen. It can’t be physically touched or placed into a pretty package. Increasing weaning weights in calves by using bulls with high growth potential is very visible but takes time to truly appreciate. Regardless, no matter how complex the wording or idealistic a concept, I think it is easy to understand that genomics is here to stay.

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