Neogen & Angus Australia launch Improved Angus GS Genotyping Platform

August 19, 2020 11:52 am

Angus Australia and Neogen Australasia are pleased to announce that additional content has been added to the Angus GS genotyping platform.    

Angus GS is a genotyping platform designed specifically for Angus seedstock cattle that assesses the genetic makeup of an animal at thousands of locations across the animal’s genome (known as SNPs or single nucleotide polymorphisms), with the resulting genomic information incorporated into the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation to calculate Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for a range of economically important traits.    

The new content, representing an increase in density from 49,000 to 72,000 SNPs, includes the addition of markers that are particularly relevant to the economically important traits of calving ease, birth weight, marbling and female fertility.    

Angus GS also includes parentage verification, with the capability to conduct “add-on” testing for eight genetic conditions, plus myostatin, coat colour and homozygous polled.   

Neogen’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Sarah Buttsworth, said that Neogen was delighted to continue to grow its partnership with Angus Australia by delivering the new version of the Angus GS product to Angus breeders in Australia from late-August.     

The improved genotyping platform includes, among other elements, SNPs discovered in sequenced animals that have never been part of any commercial genotyping array in history.    

“The continued improvement of Angus GS is really a testament to Angus breeders worldwide and their commitment to innovation,” Ms Buttsworth said. “We are pleased to partner with Angus Australia so that producers gain deeper insights into their Angus genetics and enhance the future of their operation and the Angus breed.”   

The Angus GS product was developed in partnership between the Angus Genetics Inc, a subsidiary of the American Angus Association, and Neogen.   

“The improved Angus GS product was first released in the United States in January and Angus Australia is pleased to be able to continue our relationship with the American Angus Association in accessing a licence to offer the product exclusively in Australia” said Mr Byrne.   

“We are extremely grateful to our colleagues in North American for affording us the opportunity to provide the Angus GS product to our members, further building on the value of Angus Australia membership,” Mr Byrne said.      

While Angus Australia members may not notice any considerable difference in the short term, the additional SNPs explain a greater proportion of the genetic differences between Angus animals, which coupled with the availability of Angus Australia’s large, well-recorded genomic reference population, will in time, enable EBVs to be calculated with higher accuracy.     

The process for ordering the improved Angus GS is unchanged, with Angus GS available from Angus Australia for a price of $48.15 (inc GST).    

Further information regarding the Angus GS product is available from the Angus Australia website. Advice and assistance are also available from staff at Angus Australia on (02) 6773 4600, or Neogen Australasia on (07) 3736 2134.  

Table 1 – Comparison between “updated” and “previous” Angus GS genotyping platform 
   Updated Angus GS  Previous Angus GS 
Price  $48.15  $48.15 
Testing turn-around time  4 – 6 weeks  4 – 6 weeks 
Sample types accepted  Hair, semen, tissue (TSU), tissue  Hair, semen, tissue (TSU), tissue 
Parentage verification 1 Included  Included 
Included in TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation  Yes  Yes 
Number of SNPs  72,669  49,541 
 Availability of add-on tests
* Core test panel ²
* Full test panel 3
* Developmental Duplications (DD)
* Coat Colour (RG)
+ $24.75
+ $41.25
+ $8.25
+ $8.25
+ $9.90
+ $24.75
+ $41.25
+ $8.25
+ $8.25
+ $9.90

* All prices listed are GST inclusive 

1 Subject to availability of DNA profiles for parents 

2 – AM, CA, DD & NH 

3 – AM, CA, DD, NH, DW, OH, OS, MA ,RG, Myostatin & Homozygous Polled