Abstract

This paper describes, from the perspective of a single DNA genotyping service, the uptake of DNA tests by the New Zealand livestock industries. We describe a relatively rapid increase in the use of DNA testing over the last 3-4 years in New Zealand. In particular pedigree establishment and verification has shown significant uptake by deer, cattle and sheep breeders. The highest penetration of DNA testing has been in the deer industry where we estimate 40% of the recorded breeding population uses DNA testing to establish and verify pedigrees. The increases have mainly been due to an increase in the number of samples per client rather than an increase in the number of clients using the service.

A. M Crawford, M. J Bixley, R. M Anderson, K. M McEwan

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 22.15, 2006
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