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 matings, reduces the advancement of genetic gain, and can ultimately lead to profit loss. Select the elite animals within the breeding group with absolute confidence! Neogen®’s lab provides a very fast and efficient parentage testing service for evaluating the animal’s DNA for accurate parentage determination.

Neogen’s lab 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 utilizing 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. This SNP technology enables a higher level of accuracy in parentage testing for cattle, dog, sheep, and pigs. 

Neogen offers parentage testing for the following:

  • Cattle
  • Dog
  • Sheep
  • Pigs

Please check with your local representative for availability of these products within your region.