n Stockfarm - Double muscling : a threat that can be managed - focus on

Volume 9 Number 12
  • ISSN : 2221-7304


Dr Helena Theron, a geneticist at SA Stud Book, says that according to literature, the digestive system may also sometimes be affected and may be smaller than normal. “Physically these animals cannot ingest enough feed and require a special ration to grow. “Double muscling,” explains Dr Theron, “is caused by a gene that impedes the production of myostatin. As a result, energy that is supposed to be used by the body for the development of vital organs, is used for muscle development.”

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