Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Building better cattle for hot weather

Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting story this week about how beef producers in Florida are working to develop cattle that are better adapted to hot conditions and still produce good-tasting meat. The article points out that cattle don’t like hot weather and that as temperatures have climbed, cattlemen are trying to create breeds that are more tolerant of hot conditions. One of these breeds is the Brangus, which is 5/8 Angus and 3/8 Brahmin. But so far even though the ratio is constant, the exact make-up of genes varies from one cow to the next, so there is little consistency from one animal to the next. You can read more about how heat affects cattle and how scientists are trying to deal with a warming climate here.

Source: University of Florida