Genomics service charges

Genomics service charges

Genotyping is an important tool that can be used as part of the toolbox that can be used to drive genetic progress and involves

The analysis of Samples to generate/identify the following

  • genomically-enhanced ASBVs
  • FPs, comprising aggregate ASBVs for 20 animals from a flock
  • parentage assignment
  • genetic conditions and recessive genes
  • poll/horn genes

Some useful tips when considering genotyping and sampling animals include:

  • Ensure that all samples are taken with care and to the providers recommendation to ensure that they are a useable sample.
  • Ensure that all possible sires and dams are listed on a DNA parentage order to prevent animals not receiving a match.
  • Allow an appropriate amount of time between taking the test and submitting to receiving results.

Utilise and read the Sheep Genetics help documentation available on the Sheep Genetics website under the Resources, Genomics section.

There have been key updates to the agreements between MLA and your genomic provider to enhance the provision of genomic results and accommodate the large growth in this area from 1 July 2023 additional services will now be billed at an hourly rate. This may include orders that undergo multiple parentage re-runs and parentage orders that contain animals historically tested on sequenom tests.

Examples of additional services that will be quoted and invoiced at an hourly rate

  • Estimate and report breed composition based on genomic information
  • Run parent discovery
  • Historical parentage – consolidate genotypes of flock, split into year of birth and gender, run older animals as parents against younger animals for each drop. 
  • Heat maps – sibling clusters, primarily used where there is a large amount of unexpected unallocated progeny
  • In-depth parentage investigations (over 2 hours)
  • Concordance testing for new providers or products
  • Parentage assignment with orders containing sequenom genotypes