USA Meat Animal Reaseach Centre Nebraska
We travelled from Alliance to Clay Center to visit the United States Meat Animal Research Centre where the MARC II (Stabiliser) evolved.
We were joined by the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association and also 4 beef producers from Australia.
Presentations were from
Dr GaryBennett – Overview of USMARC
Dr.Thallman – Germplasm Evaluation Overview
Dr. Freetly – Feed Efficiency Presentation
Drs. Keele and Drs Snelling -Vision for Genomics & Selection
After the presentation we had a farm tour looking at the feedlot where they had made a large investment in installing a shaded area in each pen, this was obviously being used by the cattle in the 30+ degree heat that we were out in.
We were also shown a large group of MARC II heifers that had been AI’d and had a group of bulls running with them to sweep up. These heifer’s calves would all be DNA’d for parentage