Enhancing Animal Health, Welfare & Productivity

To address the increasing demand for safe, abundant, and sustainable animal protein, RCI subsidiary, Acceligen, has developed gene editing capabilities that enable precision breeding for animal agriculture. Acceligen’s solutions benefit producers, consumers, animals, and the environment by providing natural livestock disease resistance, improved food productivity and enhanced animal welfare in beef, dairy, pork and poultry production.Acceligen_logo

Acceligen strives to:

  • Reduce or eliminate use of antibiotics, vaccines and surgical production practices;
  • Address animal welfare while simultaneously meeting market demand for drug-free animal proteins;
  • Increase meat and dairy yields, reduce input and production costs, reduce environmental impact; and
  • Enable humane, localized production through precise gender selection, genetic diversity, animal welfare and disease resistance traits.

Traits for Genetic Improvement & Better Health

Acceligen utilizes proprietary gene-editing technologies to improve the genomes of major livestock species, including chicken, cattle and pigs, to produce results in a matter of months that would require generations of conventional breeding to achieve.


  • Naturally Hornless (Polled)rci_infographic12c
  • Heat Tolerant (SLICK)
  • BRD (Respiratory Disease)
  • FMDv (Food & Mouth Disease)
  • Meat Yield (Double Muscle)
  • Allergen-Free Milk
  • Tail Docking


  • Avian Flu Resistance
  • Sex Selection (Eliminate Live Culling)
  • Allergen-Free Eggs
  • Feed Conversion
  • Muscle Development
  • Heat Stress Tolerance


  • PRRSv Disease Resistance
  • African Swine Fever Resistance
  • Genetic Castration
  • Tail Docking
  • Boar Taint Elimination


  • Disease Resistance
  • Viability
  • Feed Conversion
  • Meat Quality and Appearance
  • Reproductive Constraints

Custom Trait Development

Acceligen works with breeders to help genetically improved their animals with specific traits of interest. Our Custom Trait Development program provides an unmatched level of specialization that meets the specific needs of each client.

Gene Editing Versus GMO

Unlike plant and animal transgenesis methods developed in the last millennium, gene-editing provides a way to improve organism genetics without the addition of foreign DNA. Genome sequences can now be edited, much the same way as a document is, providing for the inactivation of performance-limiting genes, or the replacement of the native gene version with natural genetic sequences known to enhance livestock performance.ge-not-gmo

Numerous technological advances over the last decade, many of which were invented or refined by the company’s founders and scientific team, make it possible to modify animal genomes more accurately and more efficiently than ever.

Precision Breeding News

How Gene Editing Will Change Agriculture  in Successful Farming (Agiculture.com).
Gene-editing Tool Could Improve Animal Welfare and Food Security in Progressive Dairyman.

Watch a video on our precision breeding alternative to dehorning:

Contact Us

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