Selecting for Leg and Hoof Structure- Dr. Jennifer Bormann Says a Genetic Baseline is Being DevelopedMon, 18 Mar 2019 09:04:52 CDT
The beef cattle industry is becoming more aware of the need to select, when possible, for cattle that are sound structurally- as cow calf operators are looking for mama cows that have mobility as they mature- able to walk easily and are not prone to be lame. And beef cattle geneticists like Dr. Jennifer Bormann of Kansas State are working on EPDs that will help with that selection process.
In this edition of the Beef Buzz, Dr. Bormann tells Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays that while these traits are not highly inheritable- they can be selected for- and that work on a beef EPD in several breeds is underway.
She adds that the dairy industry is actually ahead of the beef business when it comes to building a data set to base an EPD predictor on- and that for the Beef Industry- Australia is also ahead of the US Beef Industry in working on this problem.
Jennifer says that researchers are looking at cattle genetic selection for leg and hoof structure, saying that these soundness traits are important and she expects that they can be incorporated into an overall herd genetic selection strategy in the years ahead.
Dr. Bormann has been on the Kansas State Faculty since 2004- and her educational background included time in Stillwater on the Oklahoma State University campus where she earned her Masters Degree.
Listen to Dr. Bormann and Hays discuss the prospects for a Soundness EPD for beef animals on today’s Beef Buzz - brought to you by the American Angus Association. America’s breed.
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