Polymorphisms of Bovine HSP90 and Their Implications in Beef Cattle Productivity


Production of beef cattle represents a 60billionindustryintheUnitedStates(USDA,2015).TheAmericanbeefcattleindustrylosesanestimated60 billion industry in the United States (USDA, 2015). The American beef cattle industry loses an estimated 370 million annually due to heat stress (St-Pierre, 2003). As of 2003, this was equal to nearly 99 million pounds of beef lost (USDA, 2015). The average American consumed roughly 65 pounds of beef in 2003; this means that the 99 million pounds of beef lost to heat stress would have been enough to feed approximately 1.5 million Americans for an entire year (Barclay, 2012)

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