25th June 2012
At the Jersey New Zealand AGM and Conference last week, CRV and Jersey New Zealand launched ‘GenoScan’ – the new commercial genotyping service offered to Jersey New Zealand members.
The first of its kind in terms of genomic services and offered to Jersey New Zealand members first, this innovation adds to the two Joint Venture programmes already established by CRV and Jersey New Zealand.
GenoScan sees members able to nominate yearling and/or heifers to be genomically tested. Animal’s identified as merit will filter through to GenoScan Plus and receive a recommended mating which will, in turn see any progeny generated be considered for Jersey Genes™ or JerseyGenome™.
Nominated animals must be sired by a registered Jersey bull, and be a minimum Jersey content of 13.
Genomic testing of nominated animals will be batched four times each year with Jersey New Zealand, CRV and the breeder receiving all results.
All breeders participating in the GenoScan programme tested will receive a confidential copy of the genomic results, a recommended mating for the heifer and a guide on how to interpret the results.
Each animal identified for GenoScan plus will receive a confidential copy of the genomic results, a recommended mating for the heifer, a guide on how to interpret the results and sire verification with all progeny filtering through to either Joint Venture programme.
The information gathered through this programme will contribute to the Jersey reference population, in turn increasing the reliability of future testing. The added benefit for the industry and breed is that we are able to identify elite female families to produce industry sons earlier.
Genotyping and pedigree information will be stored at CRV headquarters with raw genomic BV data being stored at CRV Ambreed and process report data stored at Jersey New Zealand Head office.
GenoScan – adding another dimension to the Jersey vision
Full details of the programme, nomination forms and example sheets are available from the Jersey New Zealand office on request.