Genomic testing the commercial beef herd

GENOMIC testing is becoming more widely available to beef producers, to not only identify potential genetic disorders but also production traits in individual animals. But is it worth commercial producers investing in genomic testing?

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Production assistance: Genomic testing is becoming simpler, cheaper and more available for commercial beef producers. Image: Pamela Lawson

Genomic tests are based on the ability to read the DNA of individual animals and identify the form of the DNA at many locations along the sequence.