Genetic modification of species has been going on since the dawn of time. Humans got involved and have domesticated wolves and wildcats over generations of selective breeding. We’ve also guided the development of grains like corn, wheat and rice to suit our needs. The Belgian Blue is no exception.
The Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle originating in Belgium. The Belgian Blue has a unique, extremely lean, hyper-sculpted, ultra-muscular physique that has been called, “double-muscling”. Double-muscling is an inheritable condition that results in an increased number of muscle fibers. In beef cattle, more muscle means more meat.
Meat from the Belgian Blue is popular in Australia and Europe. The Belgian Blue has recently been introduced into the United States, and the USDA describes the meat as excellent and on track for the new standards. Check out the video at World of Animals, and tell them what you think about these breeding practices.
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Crossbreeding is a complex practice — a science in and of itself. Breeding one species with a specific other one, in an attempt to find a perfect balance between the traits of both, takes years, decades even, when several generations of animals are thrown into the process. Many of the animal breeds we’re familiar with nowadays — dogs, cats, horses — are the results of centuries of breeding, generally with the goal of reaching a specific quality, like being easily domesticated, or physically powerful. But the breed in the video below was conceived for an entirely different purpose.