Beef and genetics firms join forces for better-quality meat

One of the UK’s leading beef producers has announced a deal with a global genetics company to look into ways of developing more sustainable and higher-quality meat.

The multi-year agreement between ABP and Genus aims to bring the kind of genetic advances seen in the pork and poultry sectors into the beef market, the companies said.

The two businesses will collaborate to improve beef genetics within ABP’s supply chain, which will see the companies working together to deliver animals that offer better feed to weight gain efficiencies, improved carcase values, and better-quality meat.

While ABP hopes to gain from improvements within its supply chain and with the end-product, Genus will be paid a royalty from the Irish processor for the genetic value that it delivers.

Paul Finnerty, CEO of ABP Food Group, said: “This is an important development for our business and we are delighted to be working with Genus, a global leader in the field of animal genetics. Major strides in genetic improvement have been made in pork, poultry and dairy in recent decades, but beef has lagged behind. Now is the time for this to change. Collaborating with Genus we see the potential for producing even better-quality beef from a more sustainable and efficient supply chain, thereby underpinning the competitiveness of our business.”

Karim Bitar, CEO of Genus, added: “Our proprietary genomics technology platform gives us the ability to deliver significant benefits in beef genetics, in line with our achievements in dairy and porcine. We believe that by entering into strategic partnerships with integrated beef producers, together we will be able to deliver significant value enhancement across the supply chain. ABP has a track record of implementing cutting-edge technology in order to produce high-quality beef with maximum efficiency, and we are delighted to be working with them to drive this significant opportunity.”

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