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Zoetis and Leachman Cattle of Colorado team up to boost beef genetics

Published on 13 November 2018

Zoetis recently announced its new data and testing agreement with Leachman Cattle of Colorado to provide a unique genomically enhanced genetic evaluation.

Genomically enhanced evaluations – when genomic data is combined with pedigree and phenotypic records for a designated population of animals – allow for more accurate and reliable genetic selection tools. The anticipated results from this testing program will be a benefit for both companies. Leachman offers a multi-breed database that houses over 1 million animal records, and Zoetis brings the latest genomic technology into play to provide high profitability for customers.

“We believe the Zoetis technology can improve both the reliability of our predictions and our herd’s rate of genetic improvement,” said Lee Leachman, founder of Leachman Cattle in a Zoetis press release. “Our goal is to be a global leader in the genetic improvement of beef cattle. Combining our expansive, multi-breed database with Zoetis’ genetic evaluation expertise and our $Profit technology should ensure we achieve that goal.”

Leachman Cattle of Colorado is a Fort Collins-based beef cattle seedstock company that markets more than 2,000 bulls per year and offers its $Profit Index to U.S. and international seedstock producers who market an additional 6,500 bulls per year.

They are currently the fourth-largest beef cattle seedstock provider in the U.S.

An evolving partnership

Zoetis and Leachman have enjoyed long-standing business ties; this new agreement will result in even more dependable genetic predictions. “We are contracting with Zoetis to help make our EPDs even more reliable. Our experience has shown that Zoetis is the most dependable in the industry,” Leachman said.

“This is a natural progression,” said Jason Osterstock, executive director of global genetics at Zoetis. “Leachman and Zoetis both have a keen focus on the profitability and success of commercial cattlemen.”

With access to the analytic pipelines and genomic expertise that are synonymous with Zoetis, Leachman will be able to achieve greater genomic advancements as part of their breeding program and further their focus on the success of producers. In turn, Zoetis, with the addition of Leachman’s data from 1 million cattle, will increase the reliability of their genomics testing and lead the way to future genomic innovation in beef cattle.  end mark

—From Zoetis news release