Innovations in agriculture continue to advance at a rapid pace.

Case in point: Angus cattle production.

Mark McCully of the American Angus Association said in a short time frame, technology has improved weights and measures, utilized ultrasound as a data collection tool, and now has led to advances in genetics.

"These genetic models where we develop these EPDs the expected progeny differences most significant advancement in that whole space recently has been genomic so looking at a DNA sample and looking deeper if you will in to the pedigree and the true genetics of that animal to be able to predict what their outcomes and their phenotypes are going to be of their progenies."

McCully added, that while genetic selection continues to be an important tool in cultivating traditional traits, increased research emphasis has been placed on other qualities; such as genetic selection of Angus cattle based on environmental conditions.

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