Further, Genetic Visions is the only research lab with extensive records and blood work of bull dams existing prior to 1996. This crucial information helped the USDA complete the genomics evaluations now adopted by the rest of the industry!
Can producer’s get there own Holstein or Jersey animals genomically tested?
Currently, only NAAB members can receive Genomic PTAs for males, but dairy producers can test and receive Genomic PTAs for all females. Most females are tested through the Holstein Association USA or the American Jersey Cattle Association. At present the Holstein and Jersey breeds are the only dairy breeds with genomically scanned reference populations large enough to provide Genomic PTAs. Once DNA from a cow or heifer has been scanned, information converted into genotypes and Genomic PTAs calculated, the breed association provides the owner with the results and publishes the results on an offi cial pedigree.
In closing, further research at the USDA and Genetic Visions will increase the reliabilities of future sire evaluations and further uncover the bovine genetic map, continuing genetic progress at an increasing rate. Accelerated Genetics and Genetic Visions are dedicated to continuing research dedicated to the discovery of genetic selection or omission tools to advance genetic progress for cattle producers around the world. Accelerated Genetics will continue providing the best genetics available through the PACE young sire sampling program and GeneFORCE elite genomic young sire groups.