Precision Breeding Technology Benefits Producers, Consumers, Animals and the Environment

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Acceligen uses state-of-the-art breeding methods to precisely deliver natural, elite traits that accelerate genetic improvements in poultry, swine, beef and dairy cattle, and aquaculture.

In collaboration with experts in academia, agriculture, genetics and sustainable production, we improve animal welfare, enhance natural disease resilience, and increase animal productivity and sustainability.

chickens2Precision Breeding Benefits Sustainable, Productive Agriculture for Farmers of All Sizes

Acceligen’s techniques can reduce or eliminate the overuse of production drugs and addresses “animal mutilation” practices such as the physical dehorning and castration, while simultaneously:

  • Enabling naturally inherited disease resistance
  • Ensuring genetic diversity
  • Supporting sustainable production practices
  • Allowing precise gender selection

These benefits increase meat and dairy yields, reduce input and production costs, and reduce environmental impacts.

Precision Breeding At-A-Glance: Acceligen Uses Natural Traits to Create Elite Genetics

Acceligen has expertise in breeding the following traits for bovine, swine, poultry ad aquaculture, and can develop others as requested.

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Beef & Dairy

  • Naturally Hornless (Polled)
  • Heat Tolerant (SLICK)
  • BRD (Respiratory Disease) Resistance
  • FMDv (Food & Mouth Disease) Resistance
  • Meat Yield (Double Muscle)

Swine    

  • PRRSv Disease Resistance
  • Swine Fever Resistance
  • Genetic Castration
  • Tail Docking

Poultry

  • Avian Flu Resistance
  • Sex Selection
  • Meat Quality
  • Growth Rate

Aquaculture

  • Disease Resistance
  • Pest Resistance
  • Production Efficiency
  • Meat Characteristics
  • Domestic / Evolution

 

Learn about our precision breeding alternative to dehorning:

Precision Breeding Opportunities

Productivity and Sustainability Traits

Challenge: Animal producers must reduce the cost and environmental impact of livestock production while meeting the growing demand for meat and milk products.

Opportunity: Increasing the productivity of animals through genetic improvement is a vital component of the drive for more sustainable livestock production. Precision Breeding will accelerate the process.

Solution: A natural occurring gene variant in beef cattle results in a 7-10% increase in muscle mass, without significant increase in feed consumption, time to market or impact on animal health. For producers, the increased carcass yield positively impacts processing efficiency and by-product mix. For consumers, the natural trait produces more tender meat.

Animal Welfare Traits

Challenge: Animal welfare is largely in the hands of producers. Certain management practices can lead to increased stress or increased risk of disease, which reduces the welfare of the animal.

Opportunity: Invasive and painful animal production tools can be eliminated or reduced using Precision Breeding Technology.
Solution: Cattle dehorning processes are highly stressful for animals (as well as their human handlers) and can cause infection or death in animals. Naturally polled cattle (developed through gene editing) avoid this painful procedure, require less medication, and can be more cost-effective to produce.

Animal Health Traits

Challenge: Animal Health is a constant concern and opportunity for producers worldwide.  Large-scale production increases the risk and impact of widespread infection. Animal welfare is also closely linked to human health; healthy animals produce more food and are healthier to consume.

Opportunity: Acceligen is developing gene-editing solutions to positively impact animal health and welfare while protecting producers from catastrophic loss of animals and revenues. Precision Breeding Technology can be used to enhance an animal’s natural disease resistance and reduce or eliminate antibiotic use.

Solution: Porcine Respiratory and Reproduction Syndrome virus (PRRSv) decimates swine populations.  While the PRRSv vaccine is relatively expensive, is not infallible. The last outbreak in the US caused over $650 million in damage. By understanding and isolating genes that influence natural PRRSv resistance, Acceligen can deliver swine genetics that enable pigs to stay healthy and prosper when exposed to the virus, and pass that trait on to future litters.

 About the Technology

Precision Breeding uses “molecular scissors” to precisely edit the animal’s genetics. By adjusting the letter order in the animal’s DNA, we can select and amplify or repress traits more efficiently than ever before.

Contact Us

To discuss precision breeding trait development for your livestock animals, contact Tom Erdmann at 612-727-2000.