A Dynamic Future

Q. The beef industry as experienced rapid and substantial change in the past decade.  As we look towards the future, what changes in production and marketing might have large effects on selection in beef cattle?

The beef industry is becoming more integrated.  Currently, this integration is not in the same forms as seen in the poultry and swine industries; yet, alliances and networks are using business linkages to reduce production expenses, add value, and exploit market niches.  The value of information is increasing.
Q. How might future changes in the beef industry affect the sharing of information; particularly as it applies to information used to predict genetic merit?

Q. What new developments in genetic technology might have major impacts on:

  1. How animals are tested?
  2. How data is stored or shared?
  3. How animals are produced?

Currently, breed associations have major responsibilities related to the collection and storage of pedigree and phenotypic information, and in the computation and communication of EPD.
Q. What changes should be anticipated in the function of breed associations related to DNA tests, selection, and genetic improvement?

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  1. Betty Lund said

    As an example of the Angus Association they only maintain the records that we the producer provide. We have only 14 registered females and 60 commercial cows. the commercial cows are bred to the same high quality bulls as the registered. The installation of the ear tags that provides the packers the information on each animal is a plus as the information on the calves are verified by the state that the calves are born in. This information should be available or submitted with the calves when they are sold. Keep the government out of the maintenance of a data base.

  2. bifdna said

    There is not, nor has there ever been, a plan to compile DNA test results in a government database.
    The issue at hand is the use of DNA test results to complement other information available on a young animal to more accurately predict it’s breeding value. In order for this to work, breed associations will need to have a way to receive and archive the the DNA test results just like they archive other data submitted by breeders (birth weight, weaning weight, etc.).

  3. Sam Johnson said

    The Monopoly of the Breed Associations is over! Breed Associations held a virtual monopoly as far as performance information, EPDs, Indexes, parentage make up, and pedigree. With DNA results you can determine and verify some of this information with out the blessings of the associations. You can determine: parentage (pedigree), breed makeup or purity, carcass quality & yield, and certain performance parameters such as RFI and expect markers for many of the other performance traits to come down the line. Breed associations will need to compete with or cooperate with DNA companies in order to stay relevant.

  4. Carel Teseling said

    I am intrigued by the comment that the monopoly of breed associations are over. How is it that DNA technology will be able to replace the purpose of breed associations? Can DNA technology also help you manage and determine inbreeding? Pedigrees will still need to be kept by someone and who is better positioned than the breed associations?

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