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 Hot Topics: Researchers Address the Need to Breed More Adaptive Cattle
Position Paper: "Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle Adaptation in America"

Adaptation among U.S. beef cattle has been less than optimal due to a variety of management systems and environments. An NBCEC forum of ranchers and scientists was established to address these limiting factors, as well as the benefits and recommendations for improving beef cattle adaptability.

Potential benefits from improved beef cattle adaptation include enhanced animal wellbeing, increased profitability for beef cattle producers, more desirable products for beef consumers, enhanced resource conservation and more effective forage resource utilization.

The study concludes by making several recommendations to enhance genetic adaptation of beef cattle to U.S. environments and challenges.

Released in October 2004, the study was funded by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and the Beef Improvement Federation. For the complete study, click here.


  • Dr. William Hohenboken, Professor Emeritus of Animal Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Dr. Tom Jenkins, Research Animal Scientist, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Dr. John Pollak, Professor of Animal Science, Cornell University
  • Dr. Darrh Bullock, Extension Beef Specialist and Professor, University of Kentucky
  • Steve Radakovich, Radakovich Cattle Company, Iowa