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Cloning could help consistently make the best quality of beef per animal.
Scientists at West Texas A and M University cloned a bull successfully in 2012 from a carcass of graded Prime, Yield Grade 1 beef, the best combination and only found in three of 10,000 of all beef carcasses. Three heifers were cloned from another prime beef carcass.
Put together, the clones produced 13 of the first bovine offspring from two cloned animals.
Seven of those were harvested in June and evaluated by a grading supervisor. They graded significantly above the industry average.
The project’s lead researcher, Ty Lawrence, says “by cloning and crossing these rare genetics, we have demonstrated the ability to create exactly what the market desires.”