PBB SIL Bureau Takes To The Road

With the recent launch of the most economic 50K SNP DNA test for sheep, the GGP Ovine 50K, PBB is taking to the road to share the technology with New Zealand’s farmers.

The test is exclusively available to New Zealand sheep breeders through PBB and Neogen in Feilding.                

Charlotte Hughes-Long, SIL Consultant at PBB is available to meet and visit farmers about what the testing offers and the difference it can make to their business.

“We’ll be at bull sales and I can travel and meet with anyone on farm too,” she says.

Neogen’s Dr Pieter van As says that the improved genotyping platform, the GGP Ovine 50K, includes, among other elements, SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that have never been part of any commercial genotyping array in history. 

The Neogen GGP Ovine 50K DNA test provides sheep breeders with parent verification as well as evaluation for the following traits*:
  • Yellow fat gene test
  • Fecundity gene test
  • Booroola gene test
  • Loin muscle gene test
  • Meat and fat yield gene test
  • Increased number of lambs born test
  • Microphthalmia gene test
    *This trait list is not finalised and subject to change. Changes will be notified.
Charlotte says the GGP Ovine 50K DNA test future-proofs flocks.

“Sheep breeders using the GGP Ovine 50K DNA test will be ahead of the game.”

The GGP Ovine 50K test delivers genomic breeding values (gBVs). A benefit of gBVs is wider use in pedigree linked or related animals, which provides greater genetic reach.

Other benefits of 50K testing include:
  • Parent verification
  • Genomically enhanced breeding values which means breeding and culling decisions can be made with more confidence
  • Improved gBV accuracy
  • Estimates for young sheep will help speed up genetic gain as the generation interval is reduced
  • Financial returns have been conservatively estimated to sit at about $2.75 for each dollar spent on genomics. It’s a conservative estimate because associated and on going genetic improvement is cumulative.
The GGP Ovine 50K DNA test for sheep
is available through PBB for $29/sample.

To find out more email  charlotte@pbbnz.com or phone 06 323 0867