New DNA test for tender meat

by Editor
Tuesday, September 04, 2007

New DNA profiles are being used to pinpoint the most tender breeds of cattle in Australia.

It’s also a way to indentify precisely, the cow that's carrying Australia's most tender meat.

The profiles will be included in Breedplan, the national genetic evaluation system for cattle breeders.

Catapult Genetics, a world leader in livestock DNA testing, has compiled more than 10,000 DNA profiles of cattle from across the country.

The DNA profiles will be analysed by The Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) in Armidale, NSW, before being transferred to the National Beef Recording Scheme at the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI).

According to an official these DNA profiles are part of a world-first project, the SmartGene for Beef Project, that's working towards developing a new generation of Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) for identifying animals that are naturally superior in meat quality and feed efficiency.

Catapult Genetics patented GeneSTAR test provides information on key attributes of (i) beef quality, including tenderness, marbling and (ii) the animal's optimum feeding regime based on the cattle's genetic makeup.