Upgrades to HD50K for Angus Genotyping Platform

July 8, 2020 9:47 am

Angus Australia and Zoetis Genetics are pleased to announce the next update to the HD50K for Angus genotyping platform.

HD50K for Angus is a genomic product 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.

“Zoetis maintains a strong continuous improvement strategy whereby genotyping technologies are reviewed, refined and updated based on new science, internal research and development as well as laboratory innovations” said Mr Daniel Abernethy, Zoetis’ Genetics Manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Central to the Zoetis internal research and development program is the the first-ever Angus Reference Genome, or complete DNA sequence, which forms the basis for future product innovations.

“The latest update incorporates additional markers resulting from this continuous improvement program, and is a demonstration of Zoetis’ commitment to delivering the latest technology to Angus Australia members” said Mr Abernethy.

HD50K for Angus also includes parentage verification, with the capability to conduct “add-on” testing for 8 genetic conditions, plus myostatin, coat colour and homozygous polled.

Angus Australia Breed Development and Extension Manager Andrew Byrne says that the updated HD50K for Angus genotyping platform now includes 56,000 SNPs, representing an additional 19,000 SNPs by comparison to the current HD50K for Angus platform.

“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 in time, will enable EBVs to be calculated with higher accuracy”, said Mr Byrne.

The process for ordering the updated HD50K for Angus is the unchanged, with HD50K for Angus available from Angus Australia for a price of $51.45 (inc GST).

To further discuss the updated HD50K for Angus genotyping platform, please contact either Angus Australia on (02) 6773 4600, or Zoetis Animal Genetics on 1300 768 400.