Herefords Australia and Neogen Australasia are pleased to now offer Herefords Australia members the new GGP Bovine 100K genotype. This a higher density genotype that will now be used in the Hereford Standard and Hereford Horn/Poll DNA bundles at no extra cost.
Previously these bundles offered 50,000 SNP markers while the new testing will offer 100,000 markers, (only 50,000 markers fewer than the high-density genotype offered in the Hereford Comprehensive Bundle.)
Built using advanced SNP selection algorithms, the GGP Bovine 100K test will provide more power and more affordable genomic information that helps livestock producers raise healthier animals and have more productive herds.
The increased data collection in the DNA tests will offer a more comprehensive genomic profile on tested animals and will increase the amount of data being added into the Hereford reference population.
With higher levels of genomic data collection Hereford breeders should, over time see increased accuracies in BREEDPLAN EBVs.
While members may not notice any considerable difference in EBV accuracies the short term, the additional SNPs explain a greater proportion of the genetic differences between animals, which will in time, enable EBVs to be calculated with higher accuracy.
The increased amount of genomic data collected when DNA testing animals will not only have a commercial benefit of boosting EBV accuracy but will also offer more information to be used in Hereford technical and research projects.
Neogen’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Sarah Buttsworth, said that the new 100k tests will be completed within the same time frame as the previous 50k tests.
“The new super-charged chip will be available at no extra cost to producers, retailing for the same rate as the former GGP Bovine 50K (Taurus) chip in keeping with Neogen’s commitment to providing the best available technology at fair prices,” Ms. Buttsworth said.
The introduction of this new and improved testing will coincide with updated pricing for some DNA services. Herefords Australia have been able to maintain existing pricing for most genotyping products and services; however, some standalone tests and consumables have seen a small price increase.
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