Genetics and genomics

The genetic make-up of cattle is more clearly understood than ever before. Genomics is now the gold standard in modern cattle breeding information. We can now affordably discover the genetic merit of calves at birth and use this information to make earlier and more accurate breeding decisions.

It costs around £2000 to rear a dairy heifer to milking age, so identifying the best will have major cost saving benefits over the longer term. Genomic testing can be used to identify high PLI, top Type or other individual traits as desired to best suit the breeder's aims.

Genomic testing can be used in conjunction with classification for optimum results in dairy cattle husbandry. Use both services together to produce a truly great herd of cows!

We offer a wide range of genomic testing options for both heifers and parentage testing can also be incorporated within the genomic test. Young bulls intended for AI or for use as stock bulls can also be tested to obtain UK genetic evaluation results.

A full range of genetic trait diagnostic services are also available, including coat colour, polled status and A2 milk protein, as well as for all known deleterious recessives, such as HCD, Brachyspina and CVM.

Genomic Evaluation Publication Dates

2020

Run Month Sample to be Received by NBDC Proof Release Date
Jan 2020 Monday 18th November Tuesday 7th January
Feb 2020 Monday 9th December Tuesday 4th February
Mar 2020 Monday 13th January Tuesday 3rd March
Apr 2020 Monday 10th February Tuesday 7th April
May 2020 Monday 16th March Tuesday 5th May
Jun 2020 Monday 13th April Tuesday 2nd June
Jul 2020 Monday 11th May Tuesday 7th July
Aug 2020 Monday 15th June Tuesday 11th August
Sep 2020 Monday 20th July Tuesday 1st September
Oct 2020 Monday 17th August Tuesday 6th October
Nov 2020 Monday 21st September Tuesday 3rd November
Dec 2020 Monday 12th October Tuesday 1st December

2021

Run Month Sample to be Received by NBDC Proof Release Date
Jan 2021 Wednesday 18th November Tuesday 5th January
Feb 2021 Wednesday 16th December Tuesday 2nd February
Mar 2021 Wednesday 13th January Tuesday 2nd March
Apr 2021 Wednesday 17th February Tuesday 6th April
May 2021 Wednesday 17th March Tuesday 4th May
Jun 2021 Wednesday 14th April Tuesday 1st June
Jul 2021 Wednesday 19th May Tuesday 6th July
Aug 2021 Wednesday 23rd June Tuesday 10th August
Sep 2021 Wednesday 21st July Tuesday 7th September
Oct 2021 Wednesday 18th August Tuesday 5th October
Nov 2021 Wednesday 15th September Tuesday 2nd November
Dec 2021 Wednesday 20th October Tuesday 7th December

(dates in bold are official runs, all others are interim runs)

For further information relating to genomics, please contact: genomics@nbdc.uk