My View From The Country

The Promise Of Genomics Has Finally Arrived

Without question, DNA and genomics are no longer something that is coming; they are here.

Anyone involved in the seedstock business has been bombarded with the promise of DNA and its potential to revolutionize the genetic selection process. The reality is that the promise was far greater than the reality at the beginning. However, the technology has been growing at an incredible rate, and it’s finally getting to the point that it will move the industry forward in the terms of genetic progress at a faster rate.

The largest breed, Angus was in the forefront; but they’ve since been joined by the Simmental and Hereford breeds, which have been able to increase the value proposition by using new, more cost-effective technologies. Like many changes in the seedstock industry, these new technologies initially get adopted as a marketing tool, but they ultimately also move the industry forward at a faster rate.

The new advancements will allow for a more widespread adoption of DNA technology. In fact, the number of genomic profiles being collected is growing at a significant rate, which will dramatically improve the accuracy of the tests. Now the experts are telling us that the industry will soon be moving beyond even the current level of activity. Without question, DNA is no longer something that is coming; it’s here.


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Joe C. Paschal (not verified)
on Mar 25, 2013

Some good points Troy but if the only benefit is to increase the accuracy of EPDs of young sires and not identify animals at birth, the promise has not lived up to the years of hype!

Andrew Roberts (not verified)
on Mar 25, 2013

Probably just a matter of terminolgy, but having more animals subjected to DNA testing should not affect accuracy of the test. The test determines variations in DNA sequence. Running more animals will not increase accuracy of these determinations. Having more animals sampled may change the interpetations as to what traits (and magnitude of variation in a trait) the variations in DNA are associated with. In other words, having more animals may improve the accuracy and/or broaden the predictions made from the results.

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As a fulltime rancher, opinion contributor Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.


Troy Marshall

Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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