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On-Ranch Application of DNA Technology
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  • Kevin Heaton, Utah State University
  • Katelyn Christensen, Utah State University
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Utah State University Extension
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Genetic analysis provides producers with another tool to identify individuals in a herd which have the greatest potential to be most productive or least productive, thus improving ranch sustainability. This project reported in this fact sheet demonstrated that on each ranch there were both genetically inferior and superior livestock for the production traits analyzed. Participating ranchers are using the results to select replacements and are cautioned to avoid single trait selection. This project also created a baseline for genetic quality which individual ranches could compare with future DNA test results.
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Kevin Heaton and Katelyn Christensen. "On-Ranch Application of DNA Technology" (2015)
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