With the phase out of micro-satellite technology (microsats) imminent Holstein Australia is switching to a genomics only service for parentage verification. Genomics has the added advantage of being able to provide breeding values in addition to parentage.
In order to conduct parentage using genomics any dams and sires involved must be genomically tested and the results made available to Holstein Australia. Where dams and sires cannot be sampled but microsats are available it is usually possible for the samples to be upgraded to full genomics.
When an animal is genomically tested, parentage verification is automatically included. There is also a parentage only option available for those who do not require breeding values.
Costs inclusive of GST are $55 for full genomics and $40.70 for parentage verification only.
International breeding values
Where the dam of the animal to be tested is overseas, the parentage only option is not available. All results will include Australian and the international Total Performance Index breeding values and parentage (ABV + TPI).
Costs inclusive of GST are $77 for females and $396 for males.
How do I genomically test my animals?
All you need to do is provide Holstein Australia with a tail hair or ear notch sample to receive genomic breeding values for your animals or to confirm parentage.
Once you receive your genomic assessment results, you will have key information to help you breed strategically, maximising your animals’ genetic potential by customising your breeding program to match your breeding goals.
Simply visit the Holstein Australia website and download the genomic testing application form, making sure to include the Herd book and National IDs of the animals to be tested.
If you are making the switch from microsat technology to either full or parentage only genomics and are unsure of the steps involved contact Holstein Australia Genomic Services Officer, Miranda Clark, on 0407 456 489 or email@example.com.