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®’s laboratory provides a very fast and efficient parentage testing service for evaluating animal DNA for accurate parentage determination.

Neogen’s 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. 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

British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS)

Neogen Genomics is an approved laboratory by BCMS for parentage verification for application for animal passports. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/british-cattle-movement-service.

Ordering Sample Collectors

To order kits for BCMS testing, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the amount of sample collectors you require. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team by phone +44 (0) 1292 526 099 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submitting Samples

Once you have collected your samples, please complete the submission form below and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a copy of the electronic form. Make sure to print a copy to send along with your samples to the following address:

FREEPOST RSYR-XBXT-GSBJ
Neogen Europe Ltd.
Attn. Igenity – BCMS Testing
The Dairy School, Auchincruive, Ayr, KA6 5HU

For payments by card a Neogen representative will contact you to process your card payment once we have received your samples along with completed forms.

Submission Form for Parentage & BCMS Testing

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