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A NEW genetic index is due to be launched at the British Cattle Conference on January 19 to help farmers in the UK breed dairy cows that have better resistance to bovine TB.
The index, called TB Advantage, has been developed using research by the University of Edinburgh, the Roslin Institute and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) which established the degree of heritability of bovine TB resistance. The work has been supported by Defra, the Welsh Government and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
The AHDB explains that the index is intended to give an indication of an animal's genetic susceptibility to bovine TB, highlighting those that may be more prone to the infection and those that have a higher degree of resistance to the disease.
‘By selecting bulls with …