Animal Science Department


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Published in 3rd World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, edited by Gordon E. Dickerson and Rodger K. Johnson, 4 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1986). Copyright © 1986 Board of Regents University of Nebraska.


In this article we review the species-specific genetic markers in the blood that are currently being used to authenticate the bison ancestry of animals entering the Ancestry Registry of the American Beefalo World Registry. Independently of that program we are also testing for these same genetic markers in a number of private herds in which attempts are being made to develop bison-cattle hybrids that are fully fertile and incorporate desirable traits of both ancestral species.