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Design and Demonstration of a High Throughput DNA Tracking System for Genetic Improvement and Brand Verification in the Canadian Beef Industry Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Beef
Genetic improvement
Traceability
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Devani, Kajal
Supervisor and department
Plastow, Graham (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Examining committee member and department
Plastow, Graham (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Wang, Zhiquan (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Zuidhof, Martin (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Department
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
Specialization
Animal Science
Date accepted
2014-01-30T14:04:56Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Canadian beef industry today is challenged to adapt to climate change and to produce quality beef more efficiently, using fewer resources and with less impact to the environment. Competing protein sources have integrated their supply chains and applied genetic selection to increase efficiencies dramatically. Creating vertical linkage and increasing integration in the Canadian beef supply chain may be an opportunity to meet production challenges. A practical DNA tracking system was designed and demonstrated as a potential solution for the Canadian beef industry. High throughput SNP technology was used to create links between 1,237 feeder calves from multisire pastures, and their performance records, to their respective sires for the purpose of genetic improvement. Subsequent producer breeding decisions were based on Sire Production Summaries generated for their bulls. As an added value this system also delivers DNA traceability on beef products, enabling label verification and expansion into markets demanding traceability.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3C24QV2B
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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