Set to debut in early 2012, a new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target.
The tool will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics.
Exclusive marketing rights are reserved for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). AGI and CAB are subsidiaries of the American Angus Association.
The test is designed for use on high-percentage, commercial Angus cattle sired by registered bulls. It should provide a valuable tool to increase the precision of selection decisions at the ranch, as well as differentiating value for the feedlot.
Test results will take the form of an index, which is being finalized in the autumn of 2011.
Developing this product is another example of the strategic partnership between the two companies.
Source: Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), Pfizer Animal Genetics