Beta-Agonists: What Are They and Why Do We Use Them in Livestock Production?

Jun 13, 2015
Beta-adrenergic receptor agonists (beta-agonists, for short) are synthetic compounds that mimic some of the effects of naturally-occurring compounds by binding to beta-receptors on the surface of cells within the muscle, fat and other tissues of animals. Beta-agonists are used in human medicine for the treatment of conditions such as asthma. However, other types of beta-agonists are used in livestock production to enhance growth and alter body composition. Learn more about Beta-agonists and their role in livestock production by clicking on the link below.

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