CARGILL Inc. and Branhaven LLC announced a non-exclusive agreement to license their patented BeefGen genomics (DNA) tools to BeefTek Inc.
The BeefGen tools are intended to help beef and dairy cattle producers analyze bovine genetics to improve meat and milk production. Specific terms of the license agreement were not disclosed.
Cargill stated that BeefGen's patented diagnostics are based on molecular tools that may be of use in improving beef cattle carcass quality and production efficiency.
For beef cattle producers, these genetic tools help identify animals that are best suited to optimizing weight gain, beef marbling, tenderness, red meat yield, rib-eye quality and other important characteristics that could increase the value and yield from each animal harvested.
Furthermore, this technology may also assist in identifying genetically superior animals for breeding purposes, which, in turn, could produce higher-quality calves.