Genetic Condition Information & Testing

Parental Testing Form

Genetic Testing Form

DNA Testing Options

Important Information – The DNA Testing Submission Form must be completely filled out when it is sent to the ASA office. Be sure to include tattoo, Reg #, sex, DOB, Sire Reg #, and Dam Reg # on each animal you are submitting for testing. Forms that are incomplete are subject to a processing fee. – A $2/sample fee will be charged to all hair samples. GeneSeek has implemented this fee due to increased processing and a higher percentage of retesting with hair samples. – GeneSeek recommends using tissue samples as their preferred method of genetic testing. Tissue samples are preferred due to their ease of sampling, longer storage life, and quicker turnaround time. Tissue samples are taken using an Allflex applicator tool to remove a sample from the animal’s ear into a small tube for storing the sample. If you are interested in using tissue sampling, contact GeneSeek to order your applicator tool and sample collection units. – If you have any questions regarding DNA testing, please contact the ASA office.

Available Tests
Test That Satisfy AI Sire/Donor Dam Requirements

GGP-LD 50K with TH, PHA, DS: $80 This testing for AI Sire/Donor Dam requirements includes parent verification, a GGP-LD 50K DNA profile, and testing for known genetic conditions (TH, PHA, DS). Selecting animals for this test will allow them to have genomically-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs).

GGP-F250 with TH, PHA, DS: $140 This testing for AI Sire/Donor Dam requirements includes parent verification, a GGP-F250 (250K) DNA profile, and testing for known genetic conditions (TH, PHA, DS). Selecting animals for this test will allow them to have genomically-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs). Genomic Profiles (GGP Products)

GGP-F250: $115 This is a high density (250K) testing panel that includes parentage markers. This test is recommended for elite sires and donor dams with large numbers of progeny. Selecting this profile will allow the animal to receive GE-EPDs.

GGP-LD 50K: $55 This is a low density (50K) testing panel that includes parentage markers. Animals with the LD-50K profile will receive GE-EPDs. GGP-uLD

25K: $40 The markers on the GGP-uLD profile are used to calculate GE-EPDs. The available markers on the GGP-uLD can be imputed to the equivalence of the GGP-LD 50K. The GGP-uLD is recommended for young bulls, replacement heifers, or testing the entire cow herd. Genetic Conditions and Stand Alone Tests Testing for genetic conditions and stand-alone products can be ordered independently of GGP products. However, animals tested for genetic conditions without a genomic profile will NOT have GE-EPDs available. All genetic condition and parentage tests (both bundle and stand-alone) are automatically loaded into the Digital Beef registry if the test is run through GeneSeek.

Fesuce Tolerance DNA Test: $27 The test for fescue tolerance developed by AgBotanica identifies genetic markers that indicate an animal’s ability to tolerate toxic fescue. Outputs from the test will give you a numeric score (0 to 50, with 50 being the highest) on the online registry, as well as the $Fescue index. Cattle that have not been tested for fescue tolerance will not have $Fescue available.

TH, PHA, DS Bundle: $48
Parentage Markers: $35
Tibial Hemimelia (TH): $27
Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca (PHA): $27
Digital Subluxation (DS): $27
Fescue Tolerance: $27

Genetic Testing Policy

Below are the current rules and regulations from the ASA in regards to Genetic Condition and DNA genotyping.

A. DNA GENOTYPING: DNA genotyping is now a useful tool for livestock producer. A DNA genotype is utilized in establishing parentage and may also be used in determining the presence a genetic condition.

  1. General: Animals do not have to be DNA genotyped to be registered. However, if an animal becomes an A.I. sire or a donor dam, all required genetic testing must be completed and a DNA genotype record on file with the ASA prior to registering any progeny. In the event the A.I. sire, donor dam or cloned animal had not been DNA genotyped prior to death, ASA shall make a determination as to the appropriateness of issuing an A.I. certificate or E.T. certificate on a case-by-case basis. If any A.I sire, donor dam or cloned animal has died and was born after January 1, 2006, the required DNA genotype and genetic condition test results must be on file in order to register progeny.
  2. Random DNA Genotyping: At the discretion of the ASA Board of Directors, random DNA genotyping may be performed. Failure to cooperate with an ASA request within (30) days of notification, will result in sanctions as deemed appropriate as provided in Article II. Section 7-D & Section 8 of the ASA Bylaws, including without limitation the suspension of the owner’s membership and suspension of the animal’s registration certificate,
  3. Analysis: All DNA samples shall be analyzed by the ASA’s designated laboratory and an interpretation shall be rendered by the laboratory’s director.

B. GENETIC CONDITION TESTING: The following points represent the ASA policy on Genetic Condition Testing.

  1. All AI sires, donor dams and cloned animals must be DNA genotyped and genetic condition tested with results reported to the ASA. In the event the A.I. sire, donor dam or cloned animal had not been genetic condition tested prior to death, ASA shall make a determination as to the appropriateness of issuing an A.I. certificate or E.T. certificate on a case-by-case basis. If any A.I. sire, donor dam or cloned animal has died and was born after January 1, 2006, the required genetic condition test results must be on file in order to register progeny.
  2. A.I. certificates and E.T. certificates will be issued regardless of genetic condition status if genetic condition test results have been reported to the ASA.
  3. A listing of genetic condition “free” and “carrier” males and females will be maintained by the ASA online if the results have been released to ASA. Genetic Condition status will be listed behind the registration number of each individual animal at the top of the “Animal Information” page through the ASA website.
  4. Registration certificates will be issued regardless of genetic condition status.
  5. ASA reserves the right to conduct random genetic condition testing.
  6. All cattle consigned to ASA sanctioned sales must be tested genetic condition free with results released to ASA prior to the sale or be genetic condition free by parentage.
  7. The owner of any animal suspected of death as the result of a genetic defect shall contact the ASA office immediately and follow the appropriate protocol.
  8. Breeders who misrepresent the genetic condition status of any animal are subject to fraud as defined in Rule II, Section 2.A.

Genetic Testing Protocol

  1. Request DNA cards from ASA (online or call the office). Please note ALL samples must be submitted on GeneSeek cards. If your animal is submitted on a non GeneSeek card there will be a $2 re-carding fee assessed. Acceptable forms of DNA include: blood card (preferred), thawed semen straw or blood tubes (purple top tube). Hair is allowed but the lab urges breeders to use blood cards if testing for digital subluxation! If a sample requires a re-test the breeder will be charged re-testing fees, per lab protocol.
  2. The ASA will mail DNA cards and DNA Submission Form to member.
  3. Pull DNA samples and completely fill out DNA Submission form with all relevant registration numbers and test requests.
  4. Send DNA cards, DNA Submission Form and payment to the ASA.
  5. The ASA will process all test requests and submit DNA samples to GeneSeek weekly.
  6. Results will be emailed or mailed to breeders once testing is completed and the results will be recorded in the ASA Registry

 

Please note testing may take up to 30 days.  Please plan accordingly when testing your animals if you have a deadline!

Genetic Testing Status Tool

To obtain any Shorthorn animal’s genetic defect status, use the “Search the Breed” link below. Type the animal’s registered name or registration number in the spaces provided and then click “Search.” If the animal has been tested and reported to the ASA, the genetic defect status will appear right after the animal’s registration number at the top of the “Animal Information” page. If nothing is listed, then the animal’s genetic condition status has not been reported to the ASA.

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