1387: Improving Livestock

This paper has been summarised from a Post Note from the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology.

Year of Publication2011

Animal breeding has already been successful across all sectors, increasing food production worldwide. Over the past 10-15 years breeders have worked on developing broader breeding goals that incorporate animal health and welfare traits, as well as productivity. New genetic techniques allow potentially valuable animals to be identified at a young age. However, details of an animal’s physical characteristics will still be required to assess its actual performance. Key challenges include improving production, efficiency and welfare, while decreasing the use of resources and impact on the environment. Some new technologies may raise regulatory challenges with regards to public acceptance and animal welfare

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