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GeneSeek offers lower-priced DNA test aimed at replacement heifers

GeneSeek offers lower-priced DNA test aimed at replacement heifers
Company says although named ultra-low density, the new tool will predict traits beef seedstock will pass to progeny.

 

Neogen GeneSeek is introducing a new genomic profiling test for seedstock production which they call more "cost-effective."

The new product uses high-accuracy imputation to higher-density SNP arrays, but will cost about one-third the price.

The new GeneSeek Genomic Profiler Ultra-Low Density (GGP uLD) will provide ample power for predicting traits that beef seedstock will pass along to their progeny, said Stewart Bauck, general manager of Neogen GeneSeek Operations.

Bauck also said the new test will give breed associations a tool to expand the genotyping of seedstock replacement heifers.

Neogen GeneSeek's new profiling tool imputes data from low-density testing to higher-density SNP arrays, but will cost about one-third the price.

Advantages include:
1. Picking the best seedstock heifers to be replacements in a producer’s herd, increasing precision of selection and speeding herd genetic improvement.
2. Adding value to bred heifers that are sold with accurate genomic predictions.
3. Enhanced ability for breeders and associations to collect more data on females for breed improvement.

Bauck added that the new tool can help commercial cattle producers purchase heifers with accurate GE-EPDs, improving their ability to manage the future direction of their own cow herd’s maternal, performance and carcass traits.

For information visit Neogen's website.

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