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…

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…

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…