Calf Crop Genomics (CCG)
Calf Crop Genomics, a research project launched by the American Simmental Association in collaboration with Neogen Genomics, offers a 50% off GGP-LD genomic test including parentage ($25 compared to $50 equivalent test) to participating breeders who test their entire calf crop. Genotyping entire calf crops is important to use genomically-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) for selection decisions, reduce selection bias in genomic predictions, and increase the volume of genotyped animals for future improvements to genetic predictions. The latter two points make any singular genomic test in the future better for all members using genomics.
Benefits to participating members:
1.) Half-off testing and much more complete information to make selection decisions. Genomic testing is most valuable in cattle with low-accuracy EPDs and when used to make selection decisions. By testing the entire candidate pool of males, females, or both, breeders can make more informed selection decisions earlier in an animal’s life, saving valuable resources spent developing bulls and heifers.
2.) Additional money back with complete weight trait and carcass records. Complete calf-crop phenotypic records also improve EPD predictions. The Calf Crop Genomics project offers a $5 rebate if 90% of the birth group in a breeder’s possession have birth, weaning, and yearling weights. Furthermore, if carcass records are submitted on the terminal calves, breeders can qualify for a $15 rebate.
3.) Parentage included. The current error in parentage is estimated at 7%. Large scale testing will reveal and help correct pedigree errors, resulting in more accurate EPD predictions.
4.) Easier future parentage testing. For calves that are developed into seedstock, their parentage markers will already be on file making future parentage calls on their calves easier.
5.) Additional trait testing optional. Trait testing is considerably less expensive when coupled with genomic tests. These add-ons are available at the current GGP-LD prices.
What does “testing the entire calf crop” mean?
Members can choose to send all the male calves, all the female calves, or the entire calf crop born in the same season. Members must submit 90% of the calves born in a season (males, females, or both) to qualify for the research price point. For the purposes of this project, spring calves will be considered born from January 1 through June 30. Fall calves will be considered to be born from July 1 through December 31.
What do members need to participate in Calf Crop Genomics?
- Tissue Sampling Units (TSUs) collected for all calves
- An ASA number for each calf
- An electronically-submitted DNA order form
- A signed project agreement form
- Since the results of the test are genomically enhanced
EPDs, calves will need to have EPDs in order to receive a GE-EPD.
Who should I contact with more questions?