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Hereford and Red Angus Heifers Recruited for Genomics Research

The University of Missouri is recruiting 2,500 Hereford heifers and 2,500 Red Angus heifers to participate in a heifer puberty and fertility genomic research project. Heifers should be registered Hereford, registered Red Angus, or commercial Hereford or Red Angus. Hereford x Red Angus crossbred heifers targeted for the Premium Red Baldy Program would also be a good fit for the research project. Producers must be willing to work with a trained veterinarian to collect the following data: ReproductiveTract Scores collected at a pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. PelvicMeasurements (height and width) collected at the same pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy Determination Using Ultrasound reporting fetal age in days. Ultrasound will need to occur no later than 90 days after the start of the breeding season. In addition, heifers must have known birth dates and have weights recorded eithe

Articles of Note: Drovers CattleNetwork


There are two articles in the February issue of Drovers CattleNetwork by Mary Soukup that you should read. First, "The tale of the missing homozygotes" describing Mizzou's USDA funded sequencing project looking for DNA variants responsible for early pregnancy losses. Second, "Genomic Gains: Bringing value to seedstock and commercial herds" describing adoption of genomic technologies in the beef industry.

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