Complete identification of genes or gene
markers related to at least 10 production or disease traits.
Sequence short segments of genes
(EST-Epressed Sequence Tags) for the majority of genes expressed in livestock
cryopreservation of swine embryos and swine and poultry semen to produce live
young on a routine basis. Develop cryopreservation technology for swine
oocytes and blastadermal discs in chickens.
and decrease fat by at least 10 percent in beef and pork and by at least 5
percent in poultry.
germplasm respository and database system to preserve genetic diversity and
serve as a 'gene bank'.
Improve in vitro embryo production
technology (two to threefold) for efficient production and transfer of sexed
embryos in swine and cattle; provide non-surgical embryo transfer technology
Develop means to
inseminate swine with less than 10 percent of the current number of sperm in
an AI dose for swine.
Develop decision support models for
assembling improved animal production systems.
systems for managing replacement animals for the breeding herd.
Improved animal production components for
use in whole farm production models.
definition of dietary nutrient needs for food
on improved sources of nutrients and their