Without question, DNA and genomics are no longer something that is coming; they are here.
Anyone involved in the seedstock business has been bombarded with the promise of DNA and its potential to revolutionize the genetic selection process. The reality is that the promise was far greater than the reality at the beginning. However, the technology has been growing at an incredible rate, and it’s finally getting to the point that it will move the industry forward in the terms of genetic progress at a faster rate.
The largest breed, Angus was in the forefront; but they’ve since been joined by the Simmental and Hereford breeds, which have been able to increase the value proposition by using new, more cost-effective technologies. Like many changes in the seedstock industry, these new technologies initially get adopted as a marketing tool, but they ultimately also move the industry forward at a faster rate.
The new advancements will allow for a more widespread adoption of DNA technology. In fact, the number of genomic profiles being collected is growing at a significant rate, which will dramatically improve the accuracy of the tests. Now the experts are telling us that the industry will soon be moving beyond even the current level of activity. Without question, DNA is no longer something that is coming; it’s here.
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