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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

U.S. Meat Animal Research Center Briefing Room

The Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) was authorized by Congress on June 16, 1964, following transfer of the Naval Ammunition Depot from the Department of Defense to the Department of Agriculture. Scientists at USMARC develop scientific information and new technologies to solve high priority problems for the U.S. beef, sheep, and swine industries. Objectives are to increase efficiency of production while maintaining a lean, high-quality, safe product; therefore, the research ultimately benefits the consumer as well as production and agri-business sectors of animal agriculture.

Research objectives include:

  • Developing effective genetic strategies that improve meat quality, animal health and production efficiency.
  • Reducing risk of human illness associated with pathogen contamination of red meat, and increasing efficiency of lean meat production and improve eating quality of meat.
  • Developing knowledge and technology to improve the efficiency of livestock production and minimizing the environmental impact of beef cattle, sheep and swine.

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Last Modified: 12/19/2016
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