Determination of the effect of branding on consumer palatability ratings of strip loin steaks and ground beef. Research by Kansas State University.
Results of this study show an increase in beef steak palatability traits with increased marbling during consumer blind taste-testing. However, when consumers were informed of the brand or quality grade of the product prior to testing, overall eating satisfaction increased by 12% for Angus branded samples and 10% for Certified Angus Beef® samples
Full Research Report
Regulation of marbling development in beef cattle by specific fatty acids (NCBA Product Enhancement Priority)
Compare reproductive and growth performance and carcass characteristics in calves from Angus sires that are divergent in efficiency of gain using residual average daily gain EPDs
January 2013 Angus Beef Bulletin story
Genomic and proteomic markers for Angus bull fertility, Mississippi State University (MSU)
To identify molecular markers (proteins and single-nucleotide polymorphismsSNPs) associated with bull fertility.
Relationship between feed efficiency measures during the heifer development stage and measures taken during first lactation in purebred Angus, Iowa State University (ISU)
To address the furthering of knowledge on feed utilization in Angus females following their first calving and subsequent weaning of the calf. The purpose of the study was to determine if heifers evaluated for feed efficiency during their growth phase from weaning to yearling have similar rankings in feed utilization for continued developmental growth and milk production during the nursing stage with their first calves.
Development and evaluation of hair shedding scores in Angus cattle, North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Mississippi State University (MSU)
To adapt a reasonable method to assess hair coat shedding within purebred Angus cattle, determine how much hair coat shedding variation exists among Angus cows and estimate its effects on adjusted 205-d weight and cow’s body condition score (BCS).
Enhancing biological efficiency in beef cattle, University of Illinois (UI)
To discover and document sire differences in feed efficiency and carcass traits, and the genetic parameters used to measure those traits. The overarching goal was to assess the impact of genetics, environment and genetic-by-environment interactions on live animal performance and ultrasound, carcass and behavioral measurements.
Establishment of a new research program to study beef cow biological efficiency, North Carolina State University (NCSU)
To increase feed efficiency of the whole beef herd, so the producer can decrease feed input, thereby increasing the profitability of the whole herd. To accomplish the objective, the study was broken into three parts. The first part consisted of estimating efficiency of bulls during their post-weaning stage. The second part included estimating the efficiency of heifers and then estimating their efficiency as pregnant and lactating cows. Finally, the third part of this project was to estimate the efficiency of the dry cow.
Characterization of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) genetic markers in cattle, USDA-ARS
Genome sequencing had already been conducted on a number of cattle breeds, including Angus. The researchers with the USDA-ARS, along with university genomics specialists and various breed associations, worked to develop a large number of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), also known as DNA markers. The goal was to fully characterize 25,000 SNPs across 15 breeds.