Top Tips for DNA Testing

Ten things you can do to ensure a smooth DNA testing process: Familiarize yourself with ASA’s DNA testing requirements. First contact the sale, bull test, show, etc., you may participate in to be clear of their DNA requirements. Order kits early (at least two months before you need results) by contacting the ASA – DNA@simmgene.comor…

IGS Releases Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT

International Genetic Solutions (IGS) has implemented a revolutionary beef genetic evaluation that uses a single-step genomic marker effects model. This new approach, referred to as the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT, results in more precise EPD predictions, the most valid accuracy values currently possible, and widespread refinements across the board for the predictions of stayability, calving ease, and growth traits. Multi-breed, directly comparable EPDs, and weekly evaluation runs – welcome to the power of collaboration. Welcome to IGS.

What is the Wild Type coat color allele?

Most of us have a good understanding of the two most common coat color alleles ~ the red and the black versions. Black is dominant to red so red cattle must have two red alleles and black cattle can either have two black alleles (homozygous) or can carry a red allele (heterozygous). Wild Type is…

Which animals should you test with the new GGP-LD DNA test?

With a lower cost and parental validation included, the GGP-LD is a great option for your cowherd, replacement heifers and bull calves not considered to be AI prospects. Please note, for both GGP-LD and GGP-HD, we must have SNPs for parentage for the sire and/or dam on file in order to verify parentage with these…

How do I know if my black cow/bull is homozygous black?

In order to know if a black animal is homozygous black, you need to either DNA test for coat color on that animal or have documentation that both parents tested homozygous black. Black coat color is a dominant trait and will mask the presence of other coat color alleles. The gene that controls the distinction…

What is a SNP?

A SNP (pronounced “snip”) stands for single nucleotide polymorphism. This is a fancy term describing single points in the DNA sequence that differ between animals. The vast majority (~99.9%) of the DNA sequence is identical in all cattle (and people and mice for that matter). There are some locations in the DNA sequence where a…