The University of Missouri (MU) and Texas A&M University have been awarded two grants from the USDA that total more than $14 million.

The two schools will combine their efforts in researching food efficiency in cattle and Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

In a news release, MU animal science professor Jerry Taylor says, "Historically, cattle breeders had developed a sort of work around, but never solved the problem of efficiency.

“Historically, the only way we have improved the efficiency of cattle growth was by selectively breeding cattle that grew fast,” he says.

With more money available to study the problem, they are confident they will solve it.

“If we can identify and selectively breed the animals that have the best combination of genes for producing high-quality beef with the least amount of grain, their offspring could reduce environmental impacts and save producers millions of dollars,” Taylor says.

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