Since the official release of Genomic proofs in January, there have been numerous questions floating around about how Accelerated Genetics will handle the PACE young sire proving program and how genomics really affects the A.I. business.
Accelerated Genetics thought it would be a good idea to address some of these questions and provide the solid answers from Dr. Ole Meland, Vice President of Genetics at Accelerated Genetics and Dr. Mike Cowan, Vice President of Research at Accelerated Genetics and General Manager of Genetic Visions, Inc.
Q: Is Accelerated Genetics going to continue having PACE young sire herds?
Our PACE program is the backbone of our company and it will continue to be an important program in proving our genetic strength. Putting our ‘PACE Proven’ logo on sires that graduate from our program is a standard at this time...we plan to continue to offer our high standard of reliable proven sires for our customers.
What is different about the PACE program today?
Today, the PACE program is better than it was a year ago, as more value has been added to it through our genomic testing of all Holstein and Jersey young sires before they enter the program. Thirty-forty percent of the young sires have already been culled prior to sampling due to low genomic proofs. Thereby increasing the overall genetic value of all PACE young sires. PACE herds are reaping the benefi ts and Accelerated Genetics will have an even greater return to active service. Accelerated Genetics fi rmly believes in validating what the genomic research has shown, by continuing our PACE young sire program. Young sires will continue to go through our PACE program, randomly sampled by herds all over the United States.
Further, Accelerated Genetics genomically tested all proven sires in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. This policy was initiated so that our sire’s evaluations would be more accurate and to help better manage our bull populations. PACE customers are already benefi ting from genomic testing and selection.
What do customers receive if they are in the PACE program?
Customers involved in the PACE program receive many benefi ts. First they get the best future genetics today, thus accelerating the genetic levels in their herds. And they receive credits for the information they provide for the program. Further, with Accelerated Genetics having one of the best young sire graduation rates in industry, these customers have the satisfaction of knowing they contribute to this success by participating in the program.