University of Missouri Awarded $2M to Study Cattle Genetics

May 7, 2016 06:57 PM

The University of Missouri has received a $2 million grant to study cattle genetics.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the grant is part of $16.5 million in federal funding meant to increase food availability, safety and sustainability.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the research will focus on the six most common breeds produced in the United States and examine 15 million genetic markers.

Vilsack say the goal is to "do a much better job of protecting our beef cattle industry."

Assistant animal science professor Jared Decker will lead a research teams. He says researchers will collect data from cattle breed associations to determine the characteristics that work best in different locations.

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5/8/2016 07:22 AM

  wow! another example of government wasting money. sad :( there are hundreds if not thousands of cattle producers across america that are continuing to improve the genectics of beef cattle.the differance between producers is we make genetic changes based on real time affects,those affects are driven by the improved carcasses,less imputs to achieve the goal of improving the genetics.


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