Articles | Volume 63, issue 2
Original study
16 Nov 2020
Original study |  | 16 Nov 2020

DNA analysis of the Russian populations of Aberdeen Angus, Hereford and Belgian Blue cattle

Elena N. Konovalova, Olga S. Romanenkova, Valeria V. Volkova, and Olga V. Kostyunina

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This F94L MSTN polymorphism study demonstrates the high genetic potential of Aberdeen Angus and Belgian Blue cattle. The Aberdeen Angus populations have animal carriers of the AM, OS, DD and M1 genetic defects points. Animal carriers of HY and MSUD genetic defects were absent in the Hereford herds. These facts allow us to conclude that the breeding of the above breeds has great potential for improving meat cattle industry profitability under genetic defect control.