Skimping on genomics is a ‘false economy’
Failing to carry out genomic testing on pedigree animals being offered for sale could prove a costly false economy.
That was the message from livestock breeder and veterinary surgeon Dr Doreen Corridon — of the Roundhill Limousin Herd and Munster AI — at a recent Charolais breeders meeting in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare.
The €22/hd cost of having the genetics checked is money well spent, she said.
“For selling animals, breeders should have them genomically tested to make sure that the pedigree is what it is said to be.
“If you sell an animal with a pedigree you believe it is, and they go into a herd which is subsequently genomically tested — and it turns out that the pedigree is not what you thought it was, the purchaser can have a claim that you sold him/her an animal that was not what it was said to be,” she added.
“It is not too bad if it is discovered immediately, but if a lot of animals bred off it have been sold to other pedigree breeders, you can see where the chain of events is leading.”
She advised that for verification of the pedigree alone, getting animals genomically tested is certainly worthwhile and something that all pedigree breeders should now take very seriously.
She said that genomic testing is much more accurate than DNA testing, which had been previously carried out on animals.