A variety of important genetic-health conditions and specific traits that are key to certain breeds can be ordered at the same time a producer is placing orders for parentage or Igenity® profiling. These beef genomic tests can also be ordered individually. Producers can use this information to solve specific problems and use genomic selection to screen cattle for various conditions or suspected genetic health issues.

  • Horned polled: Gene marker test for cattle that are homozygous polled or carry a recessive gene for horns
  • Myostatin: Gene markers for double muscling and effects on birth weight, meat tenderness and back fat
  • Coat colour: Markers for cattle that are homozygous black or carry a recessive red-coat gene. Only homozygous black cattle will have 100% of black-coat offspring

Neogen® GeneSeek® Genetic Health and Abnormalities Screening Tests

Our lab offers cattle DNA testing for many genetic abnormalities that affect certain cattle breeds:

  • Alpha-mannosidosis (MAN)
  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM)
  • Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA)
  • Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH)
  • Osteopetrosis (OS)
  • Tibial Hemimelia (TH)
  • Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca (PHA)
  • Coat Color Dilutor (DL)
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy (IE)
  • Chondrodysplasia (CHO)
  • Hypotrychosis (HY)
  • Dun (DN)
  • Developmental Duplication (DD)
  • Digital Subluxation (DS)

Defect tests for breed associations. When using genetic tests for registered cattle, check first with breed associations to learn their preferred process to obtain this information for cattle registrations. Many require that DNA tests for genetic abnormalities be run through their registration process.