Genus and Caribou Announce Collaboration

Lizzy Schultz

This week, Genus plc and Caribou Biosciences, Inc. announced a multi-year strategic collaboration. As part of the collaboration, Genus will receive a worldwide, exclusive license to Caribou’s leading CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology platform in certain livestock species. The partnership marks the largest technology-driven alliance that Genus has made to date, and positions Caribou at the forefront of an emerging market …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Biotech, Company Announcement, Genetics, Genomics, Research, Science, Technology

Zoetis & AGI's Beef Cattle Genomic Calibration for GE-EPDs

Jamie Johansen

Zoetis and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) have completed the world’s largest and most comprehensive genomic calibration for beef cattle and associated integration into genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). Angus breeders and commercial users of Angus genetics can now make even more dependable and informed decisions using DNA test results incorporated into weekly genetic evaluations. “The value of GE-EPDs powered by …

Agribusiness, Angus, Beef, Cattle, Genetics, Genomics, Zoetis

CRV’s Better Life Indexes Prove Effective

Jamie Johansen

CRV USA’s Better Life indexes, which were first introduced in 2013, are proving to be highly effective in improving the technical results of herds. According to CRV, by incorporating Better Life Health genetics into a breeding program, producers will have healthier, longer living cows that require fewer veterinarian visits and treatments. In Better Life Efficiency, cows will produce more with …

Agribusiness, Breeding, Dairy, Genetics, Reproduction

K-State to Host 2016 Beef Improvement Federation

Jamie Johansen

Registration is now open for the 2016 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium. Themed “Progress on the Prairie,” this year’s event will be June 14-17 in Manhattan, Kansas, and headquartered at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center. Save $100 by registering by May 15. This year’s BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational …

Beef, Education, Genetics

AGI President Discusses Genomics Technology

Lizzy Schultz

While visiting the headquarters of the American Angus Association in St. Joseph, Missouri, AgWired’s Jamie Johansen was able to sit down for an interview with Dr. Dan Moser, president of Angus Genetics Incorporated (AGI), the largest provider of genetics worldwide AGI develops and promotes technology for use by the beef industry, including DNA technology, and has developed genomic-enhanced EPDs for …

Ag Group, Angus, Audio, Beef, Breeding, Genetics, Genomics, Technology

CRV Launches HerdOptimizer

Jamie Johansen

CRV USA launches CRV HerdOptimizer to assist producers in reaching elite performance to maximize ROI on every animal in a herd during these times of fluctuating prices for milk, meat and resources. CRV is accepting 30 applicants to be the first U.S. HerdOptimizer herds. HerdOptimizer is an efficient and easy-to-use genomic herd management tool for dairy farmers who are innovators …

Agribusiness, Cattle, Dairy, Genetics, Genomics

Time to Discuss Genetic Advancements & Consumer Trust

Jamie Johansen

The Center for Food Integrity’s (CFI) 2016 North American Strategy Conference on Animal Agriculture will take place May 18-19 at McDonald’s Hamburger University in Chicago. Speakers and panelists will discuss genetics advancements and the need to earn consumer trust in the benefits these advancements offer. The free event hosts leaders from local, state, national and international producer organizations and livestock …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Antibiotics, consumer, Food, Genetics

Angus Announces Routine Calibration of GE-EPDs

Jamie Johansen

American Angus Association® and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) will release newly calibrated genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs) in mid-April. The process is the fifth of its kind since introducing GE-EPDs in 2010, and further refines how DNA test results are incorporated with pedigree, performance measures and progeny data into the selection tools released through the Association’s weekly National Cattle Evaluation …

Agribusiness, Angus, Beef, Cattle, Genetics

USDA Preserving Genetic Diversity of Livestock

Lizzy Schultz

Researchers from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the chief intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are ensuring that the genetic diversity of our livestock doesn’t disappear, and the key player in that mission is the National Animal Germplasm Collection. The Collection is the largest of its kind, storing over a million germplasms, samples of tissue …

Ag Group, Genetics, Livestock, Reproduction, Research, usda

Zoetis Launches New Dairy Genomic Test

Lizzy Schultz

Zoetis has announced the launch of Clarifide Plus, the first commercially available, U.S.-based genomic test that allows dairy producers to directly predict disease risk in Holstein cattle. Clarifide Plus is the most comprehensive package of trait predictions for Holstein cattle, enabling use of genetic selection along with good herd management to help reach their herd health and profitability goals. The …

Animal Health, Dairy, Genetics, Zoetis