Canadian Angus Internship Opportunity
The Canadian Angus Association is seeking a Research Technician to work full-time this summer with the possibility of a part-time contract extension to follow. See the detailed job description here.
Canadian Angus Long Range Strategic Plan
The Canadian Angus Association launched the Long Range Strategic Plan at the 2018 National Convention in Comox, B.C. The strategic plan focuses on seven goals, and five objectives to achieve these goals. More information can be found HERE.
Changes to Canadian Angus Board Policy on Parentage Verification Requirements
Your Association and board of directors’ goal is to help guarantee your genetics and provide bull buyers with the most accurate pedigree information possible. The changes at our lab mean that we can now provide a SNP Parentage Verification test with double the number of SNPs so that our parentage verification is more accurate than ever. The board has also changed the requirements for parent verification on sires to reinforce this. The Canadian Angus policy on parentage verification now states that:
• All sires born on or before December 31, 2018 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing sire verification before their offspring can be registered.
• All sires born on or after January 1, 2019 must have a DNA parentage profile on record with the Canadian Angus Association showing parentage verification (to both sire and dam) before their offspring can be registered.
• Sires being used for AI must be parentage verified (to both sire and dam) to the before they are granted AI approval status.
We recommend that you have a DNA sample available for your females in case they have a great bull calf that ends up being a sire, either in your herd or another Canadian Angus member’s herd. Hair can be stored forever as long as it is well labelled and stored in a safe dry place. We have also worked with our lab to have other methods of DNA sampling available. Member can now use blood cards, hair cards, and tissue sampling units (TSUs). These are all available through the Angus office. If you decide to use a bull (AI or naturally) please make sure that you submit a DNA sample for the bull and ensure that there is a DNA sample on both parents available as well so that the bull might be parent verified. The Association has included a ‘What Bulls Did You Use Form’ in your Membership Renewal and Inventory Packages sent in December. You can use this form to let the Association know which bulls you used – we will set up all the Parentage Verification tests necessary for you. It’s an easy way to ensure everything is taken care of before you go to register your calves. Both your national Association, and your regional associations are here to help, so if you need more information or have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-888-571-3580.
This brings us to news from our lab, Delta Genomics, which was purchased by Neogen Canada earlier this year. What this means for members:
1. With the same location and the same staff team in place, Canadian Angus members can expect the same high quality of customer service from their lab.
2. Our basic SNP Parentage Verification test will now be based on a panel of 200 SNPs, double what was previously available. This increase in number of SNPs for parentage verification will increase the accuracy with which we can verify parentage.
3. The turnaround time for all tests requested will be 21 calendar days. This will be a significant improvement for our AngusGS and genetic condition tests which used to take 4–6 weeks. Now, all test results, including SNP Parentage Verification, will be reported within 21 calendar days from the date that the lab receives your DNA samples.
4. To make DNA sampling easier, your Association has worked with Neogen Canada to offer the following DNA submission options:
• You can still submit hair samples – please ensure that the samples are wrapped in tape or fastened on hair cards (available through your Association, $5 per 10 pack)
• You can submit a tissue sample using Allflex tissue sampling units (TSUs) (available through your Association for $30 per 10 pack)
• You can submit a semen straw
• You can submit a blood blot (available through your Association, $2.50 per 10 pack)
The process: please send your request for your genomic tests, specifying the animal(s) to be tested and the test(s) requested, to your Association by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1-888-571-3580, or faxing 403-571-3599. We will send you the correct lab requisition forms to attach to your DNA submissions.
Please do not send the lab DNA submissions without your requisition forms. Without these forms the lab will not be able to process your test requests. Sending DNA samples to the lab without the correct paperwork results in a delay to your testing and an additional fee will be assessed.
The Canadian Angus Association is excited to welcome Neogen Canada to the Canadian beef industry. We look forward to working with the Neogen Canada team in Edmonton to provide our members access to the best genomic technology and customer service possible.
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