To ensure the future of accurate genomic prediction for the key maternal production traits, Shorthorn Beef and Neogen Australasia have formed a collaborative research project designed to underpin the new maternal EPD’s that will be released with the IGS analysis.
Called the Moove Program, the collaborative project aims to increase both phenotypic and genotypic data collection across Shorthorn and Shorthorn cross females in Australia.
A limited number of research GGP-50K genomic panels will made available to members at heavily discounted rates for genomic testing of heifers.
Any Shorthorn Beef members can apply to include their heifers for testing at $27.50 inc. GST for GGP-50K panels only or $31.90 inc. GST if they also wish to include parentage.
Heifers are preferred as they offer the largest contemporary and members must agree to test 90% of all heifers retained. A minimum of 20 heifers per contemporary group is needed.
Limited numbers of yearling and mature age females may also be eligible depending on the level of traits recorded within their contemporary group.
Members must also agree to record all necessary phenotypes for the lifetime of the program, including Fate Codes. A schedule of trait collection will be supplied for members to use.
Samples must be submitted as TSU samples using the appropriate forms and payment must be made in full at the time of submitting samples.
These prices are extremely competitive and will only apply for the Moove Program, so this is a tremendous chance for members to increase the accuracy of genomic predictions in their herds.