DNA Services

DNA Profile Test Request Form

Parent Verification Test Request Form

INTRODUCTION OF SNP SERVICES

Shorthorn Beef is moving to the use of SNP services, gradually replacing the old Micro-satellite services (MiP). The University of Queensland has been contracted to provide these services.

Micro Satellite (MiP) testing has been a tremendous benefit to the industry, however as DNA technology evolves, SNPs have emerged as the dominant technology for future DNA testing and Genetic analysis.

SNP testing provides two key opportunities

  1. The technology is significantly cheaper than Micro-satellites (MiP)
  2. SNPs allow for storing Panels for future genomic evaluation

 

It is important to note the animal and its parent/s must have been tested using the same technology to allow Parent Verification.

Therefore, individual animals requiring Parent Verification from parents with Micro-satellite DNA records will still be required to be tested using the Micro-satellite test.

Members will still be able to have DNA profiles completed using Micro-satellite (MiP) and should request the service they require when filling out the DNA Profile Test request form.

SNP for Parent Verification

There are 3 options for SNP Parent Verification services.

SEQ–1. The primary panel for parent verification and consists of 140 markers.

SEQ-2. A panel of 190 markers for parent verification, which contains the SEQ-1 markers, plus an additional 50 markers.

SEQ-3. Similar to the Micro-satellite service, extra markers may be required for difficult (multiple sets of qualifying parents) or disputed cases. In this case the SEQ-3 test provides additional markers. These additional markers will be run free of charge if a full parentage analysis has been undertaken. If only one parent is used in the verification, then the additional marker set will incur a charge and will only be performed at members request.

If members request an SEQ-2 test, it will prevent the need to use the SEQ-3 test and the SEQ-2 test is also comparable between laboratories.

 

SNP for Genomic Evaluation

Utilising Genomics for increasing accurate EBV predictions is continuing to gain momentum. Members will have the opportunity to have SNP marker panels stored for use in future genomic evaluation programs.

There are currently two GeneSeek Genomic Profiler (GGP) tests available through UQ-AGL.

GGP-LD. Low Density chip which contains around 20,000 markers, suitable for imputation up to 800K and will fulfil most requirements.

GGP-HD. High Density chip which contains around 80,000 markers, suitable for imputation up to 800K and is recommended for particularly influential animals.

GGP-LD and GGP-HD both contain the SEQ-1 markers, which means that if an animal is genotyped with a GGP, it does not need to be genotyped with SEQ-1/ SEQ-2 to be included in a parent verification analysis.

Pricing for these services are contained in the fee schedule available on the Shorthorn Beef website.

Prices are for hair samples and a surcharge of $14.30 per sample is applicable to semen or tissue samples.

Members who require tail hair kits should contact the Shorthorn Beef office and they will be sent free of charge.

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Quality Shorthorn commercial females have sold to a top price of $2,660 for a group of 3 year old PTIC Shorthorn cows.
The cows were sold by agents Milling Stuart, account of Todd and Sara Fergusson, Moreton Bay, at the Dunedoo Sale Yards after their herd was devastated by the February bush fires. The decision to sell the remainder of the herd was a difficult one as fences and feed were non existent on their property.
Given the many years of breeding on offered, the quality of females was excellent and prices reflected the Fergusson family's dedication with the top pen of 3 yo PTIC cows selling for $2,660 to Mike Newton, Miller Whan & John, SA, with the overall average for PTIC cows of $2,301. Two year old PTIC heifers also sold to a top of $2,220 to Muriel Capel, Barraba.
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Sprys Shorthorns have set a new Sprys on property record for their 2017 bull sale average, in their 53rd year of Shorthorn breeding, selling 40 Shorthorns sires to a top of $23,000 and an outstanding average of $10,600 in yesterdays sale. A large crowd formed in the gallery and bidding was strong throughout the sale, however there was also still good buying on offer with 10 sires selling for $6,000 or less.
In a twist, the $23,000 top priced bull, was purchased by commercial breeder, AM Childs, beating the attending seedstock buyers to secure the 13 month old roan bull. Outback Sprys Solid M259 is a son of Sprys Rock Solid H5 and from the Outback Patsy J15 dam with above average Growth, EMA and Marbling as well as a balanced profile with excellent softness.
In total, 7 Shorthorn sires sold for $18,000 or more at the Spry's on property sale, with a total of 6 of them purchased by commercial buyers, investing in quality genetics to further develop their commercial breeding herds.
The second top priced bull at $22,000 was lot 13, Outback Sprys Joker L287, a son of Outback Joker J328 from the Outback Isabella H97 dam, L287 was purchased by Ford Cattle Company, Tea Garden, NSW. Ford Cattle Company were the volume buyers at the sale, taking home 6 Shorthorn sires to average $11,000 for their purchasers.
3 Shorthorn females were offered, selling to a top of $14,000 to average $8,333. Top priced female was Lot 1. Sprys Athletes Pattie H236, a 4 year old daughter of Nentoura Athletic E13 and from the Sprys Jupiters Pattie B124 dam, selling to Spencer Fanily Shorthorns. H236 sold with a red bull calf at foot.
One pregnant recipient cow with a female pregnancy from the SBF Perfect Millie 19A donor and sired by US sire JSF Gauge 137W sold for $8,000 to Kamilaroi Shorthorns Tamworth.
Frozen embryo lots averaged $1,933 with the top lot selling for $2,600 per embryo for the joining of The Grove Kookaburra W735 and from Sprys donor, The Grove Primrose A742.
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Sprys Shorthorns Annual Bull and Genetics Sale to be held tomorrow, Friday 21st, commencing 1pm.
The sale will be interfaced with AuctionsPlus, for those who can't attend the day.
Please click on the link here, auctionsplus.com.au/auctionV2/New/#/catalogue/10315
to view the AuctionsPlus catalogue and register for bidding if you haven't already done so.
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