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ISSUE DATE: 08/11/2014

Duplicating deliciousness

By Jennifer Carrico

Duplicating high-quality lean beef may be a faster process, thanks to researchers at West Texas A&M University.

“Every once in a while when I have been in a beef processing facility, I would see a Prime, Yield Grade 1 carcass. It really isn’t very common. But when I thought about how we could increase the chance, cloning came to mind,” said Ty Lawrence, meat science professor and director of the Beef Carcass Research Center at WTAMU.

Lawrence said the chance of a yield grade 1 carcass is 8 percent to 12 percent of the general beef population, while a Prime carcass is only 3 percent of the general population. When looking for a carcass that is both, the chance is only 0.03 percent of the general population.

“It’s just not very common to get a high marbling carcass that qualifies to be a yield grade one,” Lawrence said. “Yield Grade 1 carcasses are generally Select grade and Prime carcasses are generally yield grade 3 or 4. So that’s why this combination becomes even more valuable.”

Lawrence wanted to find a way to recapture the high-quality lean carcass. He knew of other successful cloning research and thought that could be the way to duplicate this as well.

“The challenge we had was how to capture the needed genetic tissue from an animal that was already dead,” Lawrence said.


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Cooler temps help non-irrigated crops Nebraska
Dodge City livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
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Most classes of hay steady
Most of state gets at least a little rain Arkansas
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Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. livestock auction report
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Soybeans, corn close lower
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RANGE

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