Genomic evaluation service

Find out who your best performers will be at a younger age and fast-track your herd’s genetic gain.

Our genomic evaluation service adds your heifers’ DNA information to their evaluation so you get a more reliable prediction of their performance before they start milking.

Key benefits

  • Improved reliability of your animals’ breeding values
  • Breed from the best earlier – confidently select your highest genetic merit cows to breed the next generation of replacements from at a young age
  • No extra effort – we use the same tissue sample you send in for DNA parentage testing
  • Improved accuracy of the predicted genetic merit of close relatives

When a calf is born its breeding values are determined by its parent average (½ sire and ½ dam), however the reliability of this is low (around 30%) until herd test data can be incorporated.

Genomic evaluation fast-tracks this process and provides a more accurate prediction of a young animal’s performance, backed by your co-op’s 30-year investment in genomic science and technology.

By adding an animal’s DNA information to its evaluation, the reliability of its breeding values will increase (to around 60%). The higher the reliability the closer the breeding value is to the animal’s true genetic merit.

Animal example

This table shows how an animal’s breeding values deviate from its parent average once its own DNA information is added to the evaluation.

This animal’s DNA information indicates that overall she is better than parent average – particularly for fat, liveweight and somatic cell count.

Although some breeding values go up and some go down, the outcome is a more accurate prediction of this animal’s genetic merit (represented by an increase in reliability).

Heifer calf

Trait

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)

Trait gBW

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
278.5/32

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
373.2/51

Trait Fat gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
43.0/35

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
54.5/52

Trait Protein gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
29.8/35

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
30.0/52

Trait Volume gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
561/36

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
513/53

Trait Liveweight gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
24.4/26

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
11.7/45

Trait Somatic Cell gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
0.06/31

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
-0.30/55

Trait Fertility gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
-1.4/34

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
-2.7/52

Trait BCS gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
-0.03/29

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
0.01/43

Trait Functional survival gBV

Parent average
(½ Sire + ½ Dam)
0.9/16

Following our Genomic evaluation service
(½ Sire + ½ Dam + animal’s DNA information)
1.0/24

Source: LIC Single Step Animal Model AE Outputs, 22 January 2022

The service is available for female cattle which are being DNA parentage tested. We use the same tissue sample for parentage testing and genomic evaluation services so there’s no extra work for you.

Once your parentage results have been completed, we’ll prepare and submit your animals’ DNA information to the next monthly Animal Evaluation (AE) run.

Once the AE run has been completed, your animals’ updated genomic breeding values will be uploaded to MINDA. We’ll email you your Genomic Evaluation Service report once this has happened.

For more information on how to read your report please read Genomic Evaluation service – FAQ’s.

Genomic evaluation

Genomic evaluation price

$25 + GST per animal (in addition to the GeneMark DNA parentage service pricing).

Genomic evaluation service

Find out who your best performers will be at a younger age.

Call the GeneMark team

Genomic evaluation service

Find out who your best performers will be at a younger age.

Call the GeneMark team