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Make Plans For Genomic Testing

29 December 2011

US - With spring bull sale season around the corner, producers should plan ahead to submit DNA samples in order to receive test results in a timely manner.

“If you are considering genomic tests for this spring, now is the time to place your orders,” says Bill Bowman, American Angus Association® chief operating officer (COO) and president of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI). “Members are encouraged to order their tests well in advance of spring bull sales to ensure that they have the results when needed.”

Once breeders submit DNA samples, there is a three to four week processing time for most tests, and there are sale catalog deadlines to consider.

“Even in today’s business of speedy turnaround times and weekly evaluations of expected progeny differences (EPDs), breeders can still miss their window of opportunity to include important information in their sale books,” Mr Bowman says. “We encourage breeders to budget a four-week turnaround time in order to better meet marketing deadlines.”

Angus breeders may submit genomic orders online through AAA Login and mail samples to AGI, which then processes the order for testing at the appropriate genomic labs.

To learn more about genomic testing or how to submit samples, visit www.angus.org or call 816-383-5100.

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