Plans in place to cut cost of testing
The cost of genomically selecting, or in other words genomically testing, an animal is approximately €140.
Therefore the cost to test all calves, male and females, from a 100-cow herd is approximately €14,000.
The benefit of testing animals is that more information is available on each animal thereby facilitating more informed breeding decisions.
Each animal has the same probability of increasing or decreasing in genetic merit relative to not using genomic selection.
However, improved knowledge of the genetic merit of the animal means that actual performance will be more in line with expected performance.
Therefore, this animal should command a higher sale price compared to a non-genomically tested animal of the same genetic merit.
Nonetheless, the cost of €140 is prohibitively expensive for testing to be undertaken across all animals born within a herd.