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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

What the genetics of feral cats tell us about domestication and human history

 

Brocken Inaglory, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


The journal Heredity did a nice podcast with Sara Nilson, Leslie Lyons and me on our recent cat paper. 

Listen here: 

https://nature.com/hdy/podcast

https://shows.acast.com/heredity-podcast-naturecom-science-feeds/episodes/the-cradle-of-cat-domestication

Link to the paper:

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41437-022-00568-4
Nilson, S.M., Gandolfi, B., Grahn, R.A. et al. Genetics of randomly bred cats support the cradle of cat domestication being in the Near East. Heredity 129, 346–355 (2022).

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