Friday, April 16, 2010

About Genetic Defects

Genetic defects in beef cattle have been receiving some attention recently and many breeders have some questions. We have added an information sheet to our website that summarizes the basic facts about genetic defects. You are welcome to print it and share it with your fellow breeders and customers.

Genetic defects are present in every beef breed. These are inherited conditions, not diseases, and they cannot be spread by contact or air. There are very few carrier animals in the Canadian Angus herdbook and even fewer confirmed cases of affected calves. Recent advancements in DNA technology enable us to test for the genes that cause defects and prevent breeding carrier animals.

We regularly update our website with the most current and comprehensive information about specific genetic defects and which animals have been tested. Questions about genetic defects can be directed to me.

Posted by Kajal Devani