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DNA technology offers greater feedlot efficiency

New beef management system to lower costs, boost production


Saskatoon, Sask. – New genetic testing technology developed by Quantum Genetics Canada Inc. is promising to help producers and feedlot operators lower their costs, while increasing efficiency.

Quantum Genetics Canada Inc. is receiving a $750,000 investment from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to help further commercialize the new feedlot management services system. As well as helping bring the program to more operators, the investment will create 30 new jobs in Saskatchewan

Genetic testing

The management program is designed to improve the quality of beef carcass profiles using DNA testing and genotyping. With these tools producers and feedlot operators can identify genetic variations in cattle that relate to growth and fat profiles, allowing them to devise the best feeding schedule for the cattle.

With a better understanding of when cattle have reached the targeted body fat profile, animals can be moved on more quickly and more profitably, with premium attributes such as marbling and tenderness.

Funding for the program came through the Agri-Opportunities Program, which offers investment for commercializing new agri-products, processes and services.