Chessie Creek Farm Project

Description of the Project:

Established in collaboration with the University of Illinois, this project is designed to establish nucleus herds of specific breeds of cattle (Gyr, Gyr X Holstein, Angus X Zebu crosses) to evaluate, select, and deploy animals with improved milk or beef production in order to feed hungry people in the developing world. In order to achieve and sustain maximum genetic gains from the University of Illinois’ Tropically-Adapted Cattle Project, the proposed genotypes, either dairy (Holstein X Gyr) or beef (Angus X Brahman or other Zebu), must be evaluated for performance (milk or meat production) [phenotype] and this information correlated with the genomic index [genotype]. In order to gather the necessary data in a controlled manner, a reference population(s) will be established here at Chessie Creek Farms, Walterboro, South Carolina.

Elements of the Project Include (but are not limited to):

  • Production of the reference populations and breed specific nucleus herds as necessary (Gyr, Angus, Brahman, Girolando)
  • Collection of phenotypic data (birth weight, milk production, weaning weight, etc.) as required to correlate with the genomic evaluation chip
  • Development and validation of the genomic evaluation chip/test
  • Testing of the reference population for genomic traits
  • Identification of the “best” oocyte donors to mate with the “best” sires to produce the IVF embryos for distribution to developing countries
  • Distribution of the resulting embryos to appropriate recipients in developing countries to establish pregnancies
  • Providing assistance to the developing countries in order to establish a national strategy for the continued genetic improvement of livestock to help ensure food and income security

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