DNA Testing for Upcoming Sales

October 2, 2018 2:58 pm

The submission time of your sale animals’ DNA plays a vital part in the production of your catalogue for sale day. Leaving it too late to submit DNA for testing will result in animals not having their genomic results ready in time for the catalogue, often resulting in the need for a supplementary sheet to be produced.

So when should members be submitting DNA on sale animals? Our answer is ‘the sooner the better!’. From the time DNA is received for genomic testing, to when the final catalogue is sent to a printer for print it takes approximately 3 – 4 months.

The timeline below gives an indication of the process over the 3 months.

It is recommended by the Member Services Team that DNA for sale animals be sent in sooner rather than later, as there could potentially be a lot of things that can happen with DNA samples e.g. sample contamination, not enough sample (recollects) and results can occasionally take longer than the general 6 – 8 weeks. When these are factored in, you are running out of time to get your sale animals’ data in order.

When genomic results are received by Angus Australia, also influences when they are included in Angus TACE, with their inclusion into the Angus TACE analysis varying subject to when they become available, and how this sits relative to the submission deadline for the next analysis.

Note: The dates for the availability of results are indicative only.  They are provided to assist with planning, but should not be considered as guaranteed dates.

In an overview, members that are intending on using genomics on their sale animals are encouraged to collect their DNA samples and have them to Angus Australia at least 4 months before their sale to allow for any interruptions that may occur when the DNA is being tested. By having the DNA submitted 4 months ahead will almost guarantee sale animals will have their genomic results back in reasonable time and be included in the Angus TACE analysis ready for catalogue production.

If you would like any additional information about any of the above please feel free to contact the Member Services Team – Ph: (02) 6773 4600 or email: mailto:regos@angusaustralia.com.au