DNA based parentage determination has helped to accelerate genetic improvement for decades by increasing the accuracy of the animal’s known pedigree. Misidentification of an animal’s parents can lead to errors in selected mating, reduce the advancement of genetic gain, and can ultimately lead to profit loss. Select the elite animals within the breeding group with absolute confidence. Neogen® GeneSeek®’s laboratory provides a very fast and efficient service for evaluating animal DNA for accurate parentage determination.

Neogen’s GeneSeek laboratory uses Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) technology to genetically “fingerprint” each animal at more than 100 chromosomal locations. The animal’s unique genetic fingerprint can be evaluated with the fingerprint of its expected parents by utilising the knowledge that half of the animal’s genetic information was inherited from the sire (father) and the other half from the dam (mother). Discrepancies in the inheritance pattern would suggest that an animal’s reputed parent would likely be incorrect.

Neogen offers parentage testing for the following:

  • Cattle
  • Dog
  • Sheep
  • Pigs