ASA Board Meeting
ASA Chairman, Tim Curran and EVP, Wade Shafer encourage you to stay involved with your Association. Many of the committee and board meetings are virtual. Watch eNews or check simmental.org frequently to stay informed of these meetings.
Monday, October 26, 2020, is the next scheduled board meeting. The agenda will be announced a few days before the meeting. Click here to register.
January’s committee, board, and annual meetings are in the works and will be announced as soon as all has been finalized.
DNA Department strongly recommends shipping with a tracking option.
As the busy season ramps up this fall, ASA’s DNA Department strongly recommends that members send all DNA samples in a tracked package. This can be through any carrier, so long as a tracking number is available. We also strongly suggest that kits are sent to members in a tracked package, as the extra cost can eliminate delays in regular USPS shipping, and also limit the chance of the package being lost in transit. Priority shipping is the only way to cut down on the time it takes to get a sample tested, as there are no priority options at the lab. Upon arrival at the lab, testing takes three to four weeks, and additional time is necessary for genomic panels to run through the evaluation.
The ASA Board of Trustees recently approved the updated 100K genomic panel to qualify AI sires and donor dams.
Recently, Neogen updated their mid-level genomic panel from ~50,000 SNPs to ~100,000 SNPs. In Herdbook, animals with the former genomic panel are denoted with a 47K or C47K for Cow Herd DNA Roundup (CHR) samples. The current updated genomic panel is denoted with a 100K in Herdbook (C100K for CHR and A100K for Calf Crop Genomics samples).
The ASA Board of Trustees recently approved the updated 100K genomic panel to qualify AI sires and donor dams. Animals with a completed 100K, C100K, or A100K panel will automatically qualify as a donor dam or AI sire. Animals with a completed 47K panel will not qualify and must be re-tested at the 100K level in order to become an approved AI sire or donor dam.
The genomic panel cost to approve an AI sire or donor dam is now $50, and the add-on options and prices will remain the same. The 100K genomic panel continues to be our recommendation for animals that will make a large impact in your herd and is the only genomic panel with add-on pricing for coat color, horned/polled, and genetic condition panel. If you have any questions, please contact ASA's DNA Department.
Updates to birth weight ratio and collection method on HB.
The Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution to change the direction of the ratio for birth weights so that larger ratios will be assigned to animals with heavier birth weights in their contemporary group and vice versa. This resolution came about to try to standardize the direction of the ratios so that higher ratios uniformly mean more of that trait.
Also new in regard to birth weight, breeders can now indicate if they use hoof tape to estimate birth weight in Herdbook. There is a column called “BwMethod” next to the column where birth weights are entered in the animal entry page. If the weights were estimated using hoof tape, then simply put a T in the “BwMethod” column. If birth weights were obtained using a scale, there is no need to enter anything.