Did you know that without genomic samples of dams and sires, your calf many not be eligible for registration? This is a topic that our office staff encounter on a daily basis and many members have been calling in with questions on registration and parentage verification through genomic sampling.
Without the verification of both parents, the animal cannot be registered.
Young males born after 1/07/2019 must be genomically tested and parent verified, while ET males born before 1/07/2019 and all ET females only need parent verification to qualify for registration.
In any case, if a dam or herd bull has not been sampled before and you intend to register their offspring, genomic testing is required before any parent is culled. We suggest the calf’s birth or at joining is a good time for sampling.
It is also important for all members to know if the parents have previously been tested and occasionally there are some special circumstances to be considered. Our friendly staff can easily verify if the parent has been genomically sampled before. If you find yourself in doubt, it is best to sample the animal and speak with our office team who will only send the sample for testing if required.
If you have already submitted your registrations, we can provide a letter listing the animals that need testing. This process can take time but if you are in a hurry as most dairy farmers are, it is always best to send samples to the office as a back-up plan and ignore the letter once it arrives. You will not be charged unless the test is required. If you have any doubts or questions, please contact the office team who are happy to assist you and talk through your options.
For all genomic sampling enquires you can contact the office on 03 9835 7600 to speak with MSO Louise Howden (Tuesday to Thursday) or contact GSO Miranda Clark on 0407 456 489.