Ranchers Are Using DNA Testing on Herds

Laramie, WY – More ranchers in Wyoming are doing D-N-A tests of their cattle. The manager of the Beckton Stock Farm, Cam Forbes, says they use it to determine the parents of their calves. The Beckton Stock Farm is the foundation herd of the Red Angus Breed. Forbes says that makes it very important to have good information. Plus the D-N-A testing maximizes the genetic progress of the herd. Forbes says in the future the testing could detect certain characteristics of a calf like tenderness or marbling of meat. But, right now it is just used to determine lineage.