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Get accurate selection
with genomic testing

By genomically testing your heifers and cows with genomic tests from VikingGenetics, you will get the best and most reliable evaluation for health and fertility traits.

Genomic testing is a profitable solution

A genomic test of your females on the NTM scale, is an advanced tool for you to use to ensure that you focus on the right females as parents to the next generation.

Genomic breeding values have higher reliabilities than pedigree index, and to be successful in the genetic progress of your herd the best tool to use is genomic selection.

The NTM Index ensures a balanced breeding between production and health, and the Nordic countries have a long tradition of breeding for health traits. 

Using genomic selection on your females together with X-Vik sexed semen on your top heifers, will ensure you the highest possible progress of your herd. For the lower ranked females, you can use conventional semen and beef semen. 

 

How do I order?

Get the world’s best and most reliable evaluation on health and fertility traits. Now you can test your heifers and cows in the Nordic system (Nordic Total Merit, NTM). You will receive information on all traits included in the NTM index.

Ordering at genvik@vikinggenetics.com and you will receive information about what to do and where to send samples.

The price for the test per female is:

  • 40 euro if you send genotypes and pedigree information
  • 45 euro (including sampling kit) if you send DNA and pedigree information

Indices will be updated every moth for three years.

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Large scale genomic testing on herd level

Large scale genomic testing is a beneficial management tool in many herds. The idea is to improve the selection of the females used to breed the next generation of heifer calves due to more reliable breeding values. Combined with intensive use of sexed semen and beef semen this results in increased profit. 

The purpose of using genomic test as a management tool is to increase the genetic level of the herd. This is done by selecting the genetically superior females as dams of the next generation of heifer calves. Without genomic breeding values this is done on the basis of pedigree indices – with lower reliability. Information from genomic tests will increase the accuracy of the breeding values of the females. This enables a more precise selection of the best females. 
Genomic testing guiding your mating plan

If all females are used to produce the next generation of heifer calves, the benefits of doing genomic tests are lost. Therefore, a prerequisite for having an economical benefit of large scale genomic testing, is intensive use of sexed semen and beef semen based on accurate genomic data.  Only the top females of the herd are used as parents for replacement heifers.  

In practice, you can achieve extra profit from using genomic tests as a management tool. Using sexed semen on heifers with the highest NTM will guarantee you the best possible replacement heifers for your herd, therefore increasing the production level and health status of your herd. Dependent on the use of sexed semen for heifers and level of reproduction efficiency, replacement rate etc. the cows with the lowest NTM can be inseminated with beef semen. This way you can ensure the highest profit on a herd level.

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