Researchers are Working to Improve Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Animal science researchers at the University of Missouri are working to improve feed efficiency in beef cattle. Investigators have located the chromosomal regions responsible for growth performance that help cattle get the most out of what they eat. Armed with this knowledge, cattle producers will be able to build their herds by selecting and breeding stock that best possess this trait. These “feed conversion” genes are located on different chromosomes in different breeds, so herd improvement selection criteria will vary by breed.