In the early days of DNA testing, the Microsatellite (MiP) testing was a tremendous tool for breeders, however with the advent of SNP testing, the old MiP testing has largely disappeared.

Given this is the case, Neogen will no longer be able to conduct MiP DNA testing from January 1st 2021. In most cases this will not be an issue, however there may still be some animals in use that were tested using the MiP technology. Given Neogen will be mothballing their MiP machine, it will not be possible to have any MiP DNA testing done in the future.

Whilst this won’t affect the registration of any progeny of these animals, it will mean that Shorthorn Beef will no longer be able to provide parent verification for any progeny of MiP tested parents, unless the parent is upgraded to a SNP panel first. This can be an issue in the case of an animal failing its parentage test, where the other possible sires/dams may have only had a MiP DNA test recorded. This may cause the pedigree to be unresolved unless parents are upgraded to a SNP test.

Here is a list of all MiP DNA tested animals for Shorthorn Beef: All MiP testing.

Some of these animals will have already been upgraded to a SNP test and many will be out of production, however it is important that you check any current sires/dams that you may need to parentage test against progeny in the future and consider upgrading them. Come January 1st, there will be no opportunity to conduct any MiP DNA testing in the future.

To find the status of testing for your animals, then please check there DNA tab on the animals page.




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The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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