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Beef Cattle Association Chooses GeneSeek for Genomic Profiling Services

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The International Brangus Breeders Association said on Thursday it has selected GeneSeek to provide genomic profiling services.

As a result, Brangus beef cattle breeders will able to submit DNA samples to GeneSeek, a division of Neogen, to determine cattle parentage. Additionally, the partnership creates "a foundation for genomic-enhanced [expected progeny differences] for the breed association," IBBA said in a statement. EPD is a measure of the genetic value of an animal as a parent and traditionally has been determined with complex statistical equations and models.

Brangus samples will now be tested with GeneSeek's Genomic Profiler GGP HD 80K and GeneSeek Genomic Profiler LD 30K for expected incorporation into genomic-enhanced EPDs for the Brangus breed, which is a cross between the Angus and Brahman beef cattle.

"IBBA's agreement with GeneSeek moves us closer to conducting all Brangus parentage testing using [SNP] genetic markers versus previously used technologies," IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins said in a statement.