Identification of genetic markers and QTL for carcass quality traits within the American Simmental Association Carcass Merit Program
J. K. Hieber, R. L. Endecott† , and J. M. Thomson*
Beef quality is the driving force behind consumer decisions to consume beef. When quality is poor or inconsistent, genetic improvement can be one strategy to improve meat quality. The American Simmental Association’s Carcass Merit Program has allowed us to identify genetic markers that impact carcass traits in Simmental and Simmental-influenced cattle, which could be used to improve the accuracy of breeding value estimations and increase the value of genetic evaluations to Simmental producers
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