Technologies are changing almost every hour and their impact reach all areas including farming. Cattle breeding is one such area under farming where technology has had a massive impact. Technologies developed for making cattle breeding more efficient and effective include DNA tests for markers tests and also for parent identification and verification. This article looks at how these new technologies are being applied.
DNA Tests For Markers Tests
While there are already many cattle breeds, farmers are constantly looking to further develop these breeds and come up with others that will offer more benefits, in terms of net production thus increased profit margins. In order to know which two cows to breed together for better carcass quality and weight and also which two cows to breed for better milk quality and output, farmers need to fully know the structure of the cows. This is where DNA markers tests come in handy. By taking blood (and sometimes semen) samples, farmers can analyse the genetic makeup of different breeds and in turn, come up with more conclusive decisions on which breeds to mix to get better quality of meat and milk and which breeds not to mix.
DNA Tests For Parent Identification And Verification
DNA tests for parent identification and verification operate in much the same way as DNA tests for markers tests. This means farmers can apply DNA tests for parent identification and verification to come up with conclusive decisions on the breeds that they can mix (cattle breeding) for better meat and milk output. DNA tests for parent identification and verification go further than this however and they inform the farmer about the origins of a particular cow or bull. This is crucial for the farmer as it informs the farmer whether to continue and move forward or to halt and look for another breed.