Our business is built on the philosophy that happier, healthier animals are good for everyone’s bottom line.
Global demand for protein will double in the next few decades. The only way to meet this demand in a way that is both respectful of animal well being and preserves or increases wild spaces is to make livestock that are better adapted to their environment, and which use fewer resources to produce the same amount of protein. In this way, our solutions can help the livestock, the planet, and the producer, all at the same time.
See the video presentation or the links below for an overview of our current projects.
Heat Tolerant Angus
Angus produce twice the beef for the same grain input as current heat tolerant breeds like Brahma and Nellore, and so can double beef production on the same land. Our heat tolerant Angus use only genes found in other cattle breeds, and so are non-GMO.
Brisket Disease Testing
Brisket disease (high altitude pulmonary hypertension) is a progressively fatal disease affecting roughly 5% of the 8.8 million cattle raised above 5,000 feet. The only currently reliable test is invasive heart catheterization. Because we recently identified a gene with high predictive power for brisket disease, we have developed a low cost, simple and non-invasive test for the disease.
Our copper test allows greatly improved feed calibration in beef and dairy cattle. Cattle are very sensitive to mineral levels in their diet, and diet that is not optimized can lead to poor performance (weight gain, fertility, etc.) from either deficiency or toxicity. Our product has much lower cost and is much easier to administer than current alternatives.
Female Only Sperm
In collaboration with partners in Brazil, we are producing bulls that make only female sperm. This is particularly valuable in the dairy industry, but even in the beef industry many producers prefer cows. These reduce costs and increase efficiency and handling requirements compared to the only current alternative, centrifuged sperm.