R EVIEW : Life-cycle , total-industry genetic improvement of feed efficiency in beef cattle : Blueprint for the Beef Improvement Federation 1

@inproceedings{Nielsen2014RE,
  title={R EVIEW : Life-cycle , total-industry genetic improvement of feed efficiency in beef cattle : Blueprint for the Beef Improvement Federation 1},
  author={Merlyn K. Nielsen and Michael D Macneil and Jack C. M. Dekkers and D H Denny Crews and Tom A Rathje and Richard M Enns and Robert L. Weaber},
  year={2014}
}
On a life-cycle basis, beef animals are able to consume large amounts of low-cost, low-quality forages relative to higher-cost concentrates compared with pigs and chickens. However, of the 3, beef is still more expensive to produce on a cost–per–edible pound basis. Accordingly, there is need for genetic programs and management changes that will improve efficiency, sustainability, and profitability of beef production. Options include improving reproductive rate, reducing feed used for… CONTINUE READING
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