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Unlock the code to your herd’s future

The cattle Genomics service uses DNA to measure genetic variation in commercial crossbred cattle. A group of animals can be sampled, and then ranked for merit across one or multiple traits. This enables you to select the highest potential individuals and focus your feed and labour resources to them reaching their potential.

Use this service in order to receive recommendations on:

  • Ranking and selection of replacement commercial heifers
  • Profiling your existing cow herd
  • Scoring of commercial bulls

 

Using the results to make better breeding decisions

Your TEC Consultant will interpret the results to provide you with a report on animal rankings in line with your objectives.  The results help you to:

  • Measure genetic potential of commercial cattle to make more informed decisions
  • Increase the accuracy of replacement heifer selection to match breeding goals and target market
  • Create custom selection indexes to target specific market end points and herd production goals
  • Use known genetic merit of cow herd to assist bull purchasing decisions
  • Increase accuracy of commercial in-herd bull selection
  • Assist marketing of cattle by providing greater information to buyers

 

Maternal Traits

  • Birth weight
  • Calving ease
  • Heifer pregnancy
  • Milk

 

Carcass Traits

  • Tenderness
  • Marbling
  • Eye muscle area
  • Fat depth
  • Carcass weight

Performance Traits

  • Docility
  • Residual feed intake
  • Average daily gain
  • Weaning weight

Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial crossbred herds of the following breeds:

  • Red Angus
  • Angus
  • Simmental
  • Limousin
  • Shorthorn
  • Gelbvieh
  • Maine Anjou

It is possible to add parentage verification testing and Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV)/Pestivirus testing to your genomics test for production traits. This testing utilises the existing DNA tissue sample, so no additional samples are required. Discuss your requirements for parentage and BVDV testing with your TEC Consultant.

As many or as few as you like, although we recommend a minimum group to allow adequate comparison and selection. The specific requirements and sampling plan of each enterprise will vary, which can be discussed during the consultation process.

Cattle can be any age, although we recommend testing young cattle at marking or weaning to minimise additional handling and allow for exclusion of cattle which are structurally undesirable prior to testing.

Samples are submitted in the form of an ear tissue punch, collected into an Allflex Tissue Sampling Unit (TSU). This allows for the highest quality DNA sample and ease of traceability through the testing process. TSU’s can be ordered through your local Elders branch.

Next Steps

TEC and Elders have partnered to provide a holistic service.

Get in touch with your local TEC Consultant or Elders Branch and discuss your herd production goals and breeding objectives. and purchase a Neogen testing kit through your local branch.

Your TEC Consultant will work with your local Elders branch on the proposed sampling plan for your herd

Your TEC Consultant will provide you with a report on animal rankings in line with your objectives.

Contact your TEC Consultant for more information

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