In addition to genomic profiling, the Igenity Dairy Heifer Program includes additional add-on content that can be purchased along with select profiles. Add-on content can add additional value to existing profiles by give you more information on the same sample. Add-on content includes BVD diagnostic testing, Y SNP testing as well as further testing for important causative mutations in dairy cattle.
BVD diagnostic testing can be done as an add-on to any sample submitted for the Igenity Dairy Heifer Program. If an animal tests positive for BVD-PI, the sample will not continue on for genomic testing. This ensures that you are only paying for genomic profiles on animals most likely to become superior females.
GeneSeek’s veterinary diagnostics lab can run BVD tests on Allflex TSUs, hair or blood samples. Allflex TSUs are run using a commercial ELISA kit while hair or blood samples are run using Real Time-PCR. GeneSeek’s laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited by the American Associated on Laboratory Accreditation.
Y SNP Testing
Y SNP testing is done exclusively by GeneSeek and can be done as an add-on to Igenity‑Elite, Igenity‑Prime, Igenity‑Select and Igenity‑Essential profiles. There is phenomenon in cattle where male DNA fragments are present in the female. This causes decreased reproductive efficiency in females with Y SNP present. By testing for this phenomenon, you can increase reproductive efficiency in your herd.
CRV’s Better Life Traits
Imagine having an easier to manage, healthier herd. With the unique breeding values Better Life Health and Better Life Efficiency, CRV can help you have a problem-free herd that efficiently transforms feed into milk and has long lasting production.
These novel traits are now available to producers in the United States via the Igenity Dairy Heifer Program. CRV’s Better Life Traits can be ordered as an add-on to any Igenity profile and includes:
- Better Life Health
- Better Life Efficiency
- Hoof Health
- Udder Health