Precision breeding improves animal health and well-being
The health and well-being of livestock and aquaculture animals are critically important to humankind. Animals provide our nourishment, our clothing, many products we enjoy, and they help provide jobs for billions.
Better breeding practices that elevate the health and well-being of animals equate better quality-of-lives for consumers, the economy, the planet and the animals themselves. The growing knowledge of genes and mechanisms of disease resilience are enabling breeders to enhance disease resilience through genetics.
Breeding for beneficial health and welfare traits has been a long-sought goal of animal breeders. Now, traits such as natural disease resistance and hornlessness are possible and require less need for medicinal, surgical or other interventions. Precision breeding can help shield animals from disease outbreaks that cause mass animal losses, and increased prices at the grocery store, also save them from routine procedures like dehorning and castration, which are unpleasant for animals and for farm workers who perform them.