New genomic test for Angus seedstock cattle is an affordable way to strategize breeding decisions
LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 4, 2017 — Angus Genetics, Inc., and Neogen GeneSeek Operations today launched Angus GS™, a new genomic profiler for Angus seedstock cattle.
“Angus GS is a DNA test built specifically for the Angus breed and is a big part of our strategic plan for breed improvement,” said Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the American Angus Association. Angus GS, sold exclusively by Angus Genetics, Inc., (AGI), is an affordable tool that will empower genomic selection for Angus breeders and accelerate breeding progress, Moczygemba added.
“Angus GS contains DNA markers that are highly informative for Angus cattle,” said Dan Moser, AGI president. “This will help us more accurately see how these cattle will perform. The profile will also help pinpoint new traits of economic benefit.” Cattle producers use DNA to predict traits bulls or cows will pass on to offspring, helping them make breeding and ranching decisions.
“Angus GS is designed to genotype the whole herd, not just the bulls,” Moser said. “Using genomic tests with females helps a breeder know more about their cow herd and use what they learn to make better mating decisions that result in seedstock that meet their customers’ needs.”
The American Angus Association unveiled the new product during its International Genomics Symposium at the 2017 Angus Convention in Fort Worth. The genomic test was produced in partnership with Neogen GeneSeek Operations, which helped select the DNA markers for genomic predictions and future improvements in fertility, feed efficiency, meat tenderness, animal health and environmental adaptability.
“Angus GS is an example of leadership and innovation to help association members take full advantage of new technology,” said Dr. Stewart Bauck, Neogen’s vice president of agrigenomics. “We are pleased to work with the American Angus Association and help producers gain deeper insights into the future of their operation and the Angus breed.”
To learn more about using this technology in your Angus herd, visit www.angus.org/agi.
The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.ANGUS.org.
Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. Neogen’s worldwide genomics operations deliver innovative, affordable DNA testing for the discovery and commercial application of genomic advances that enhance the safety and abundance of life. DNA testing services are provided for food safety, animals, aquaculture, agronomy, forestry and horticulture, as well as supporting the research institutions and organizations serving these industries. See more at http://genomics.neogen.com/en/.