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Igenity® for beef

DNA Beef profile steak cattle

The 2005 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) provided a new benchmark for the U.S. beef industry. NBQA identified the following 10 goals to help American beef remain the best in the world:

  1. Clarify market signals to encourage production of cattle, carcasses and cuts to meet industry targets.
  2. Foster communication among industry groups and segments of the beef supply chain.
  3. Move expeditiously toward source and age verification to build supply lines of cattle (domestic and export).
  4. Minimize production of excess fat.
  5. Strive for uniformity/consistency in cattle production.
  6. Consider tenderness in genetic and management decisions.
  7. Consider tenderness in genetic and management decisions.
  8. Recognize the importance of marbling as a value-determining trait.
  9. Use instrument assessment of cattle, carcasses and cuts for genetic and management decisions.
  10. Select management practices that increase value.

Most of these goals can be achieved faster – and value can be more effectively transferred throughout the production chain – with a comprehensive genetic profile of cattle.

The Igenity profile is a powerful and practical tool that can create value for the industry right now.

Igenity provides a common language to achieve goals faster.
The comprehensive inside information provided by an Igenity profile not only helps every stakeholder in the beef production chain achieve their own goals — it also provides the first common language for communicating value throughout the chain.

Scores from Igenity were confirmed by a 50,000-animal study that followed animals through the production chain to harvest — and compared scores with phenotypes for traits of economic importance. In this study there was a significant association of scores from Igenity to phenotypic and harvest results.

The study also revealed the lack of a significant correlation yield grade and quality grade, or quality grade and tenderness. So producers can use Igenity to identify genetic potential for these traits independently or in combination to make management decisions.

Use Igenity now to benefit even more in the future.
Current users of the Igenity profile gain the advantages of inside information on the traits listed below. More importantly, using Igenity now prepares you to take advantage of new analyses as they become available.

  • Residual feed intake
  • Average daily gain
  • Tenderness
  • Marbling
  • Quality grade
  • Yield grade
  • Fat thickness
  • Ribeye area
  • Heifer pregnancy rate
  • Stayability (longevity)
  • Calving ease
  • Docility
  • Myostatin
  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex
  • Coat color
  • Breed-specific horned/polled
  • Multisire parentage
  • BVD-PI diagnostic test

Have more questions?
Let an expert give you the inside information — igenity.support@neogen.com.