Whole herd DNA parentage testing also:
- reduces the stress at calving time
- reduces the risk of inbreeding
- provides up-to-date records that help increase Breeding Worth (BW) and ancestry information over time.
Whole herd DNA parentage testing can also increase your herd’s market value.
Prevent expensive mistakes caused by mis-mothering
Studies have found that about 25% of calves are mis-mothered, mis-tagged or mis-recorded. This means you may accidentally cull the offspring of your top-performing cows or those sired through our artificial breeding programme, while retaining calves of little genetic value. Stop this happening with whole herd DNA parentage testing, which provides accurate parentage information for each season’s calves.
Reduce stress at calving time
Matching calves to cows can be stressful when calving is in full swing and it’s easy to make mistakes. With whole herd DNA parentage testing there’s no need to match calves to cows in the field — just record the cow’s calving date and leave the rest to us.
Inbreeding can make your herd less productive. Whole herd DNA parentage testing correctly matches calves with their parents, reducing the risk of inbreeding.
Increase your herd’s market value
Buyers may pay more for animals that have been accurately matched to their parents, as it provides a true picture of their breeding worth.
Make a long-term commitment
The benefits of whole herd DNA parentage testing increase over time. Test annually to get the greatest benefits — the more years you test for the more animals you will have full parentage information about. That means you’ll have up-to-date records and accurate BW information, which adds value to your herd.