Naturally cool or “SLICK” is a trait that allows high performance animals to meet their genetic potential in tropical production systems.
The result is more sustainable production through a reduction in heat stress related maladies which include but are not limited to: increased body temperature and respiration (panting), reduced milk production and impaired rumen balance/function.
The adaptation of elite production animals allows for reduction in animal numbers; thus, reducing GHG (Green House Gas) emissions and competition for land and water resources.
Acceligen has already harnessed this trait for commercialization in genetics that produces high quality beef and is moving this naturally occurring trait into elite dairy breeds as well. This trait has been pre-approved as non-GMO by CONAIBA in Argentina.