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Gene Editing Technology Could Soon Be Common Practice For Beef Cattle Industry

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:08:50 CST

Gene Editing Technology Could Soon Be Common Practice For Beef Cattle Industry Cutting edge technology, including gene editing, could soon be a common practice for the beef cattle seedstock industry, said Jack Ward, executive vice president of the American Hereford Association.

Ward recently spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays during the Cattlemenís Congress underway at the Oklahoma City fairgrounds.

Our board has had that (gene editing) as an agenda item for about three years, Ward said

Ward said part of the delay in getting it on the farm is the technology is regulated by the FDA and is considered more of a drug than a technology.

That is changing as we continue to have discussions on why we need to have access to this technology, he said.

Over the last four months our staff has been working with others and our board to adopt a set of rules to be prepared when this technology opens, Ward said.

The Hereford Association leader said the technology will be good for animal agriculture.

When you talk about pressures to improve animal welfare and animal health issues, this technology will help, Ward said.

This is a worldwide issue and I believe it will be accepted sometime in the future, Ward said.

Ward, who has a strong background in cattle judging, said improved technology has a place in the show ring.

At all our national shows we let the judges know all the genomics associated with an animal as they view them in the ring, Ward said.

Itís important to provide judges with all the information available, he added.

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