The ABGA DNA Program at Work

By Mark Anderson, Chair ABGA DNA Committee  abga bod 2014 019

 

DNA SAMPLES

To make DNA testing easier to manage, ABGA recommends that a hair sample be carefully pulled and labeled and stored on any buck or doe being used to breed, if the breeder does not wish to DNA test right away, but may want to do so in the future. Any goat that is DNA tested through ABGA will need to be registered in the appropriate herd book and will be assigned an ID number, depending on whether they will be part of the standard registry or have a letter of pedigree or listing paper.

DNA TEST REQUIREMENTS WHEN ARTIFICIAL SEMEN IS USED

FROM THE RULES:

802–I. In cases where the submitting party is not the owner of record, an unopened vial, straw, or other container containing semen that has been identified in accordance with Rule 401.B is required for DNA test results to be accepted by ABGA.

 

PARENT VERIFICATION Parentage Verified (means the goat’s sire and dam are verified as being what appears on the registration papers). This is a voluntary service offered by ABGA. Any registered ABGA goat that has had parentage verified through ABGA will have that status (Parentage Verified) appear on information in the herdbook database and can be printed on the registration papers, should the breeder want. If DNA tests have not been done on the parents, parent verification CANNOT be done unless a sample kit is ordered to send in a sample from each of them for DNA testing. If the parents have already been DNA tested, the VGL case number from each of their test reports must appear on the goats sample kit request form. ONLY CHECK the Parent Verification box on the DNA Request form when providing either the VGL Case numbers from the parent’s tests, or Sample Kit requests are being made for each parent at the same time the DNA test on the goat is requested. In order to have Parent Verification done at no charge, it must be requested at the same time the offspring is being DNA tested.

 

SIRE VERIFICATION [Sire Exclusion] Beginning January 1, 2015 Sire Verification will be offered through ABGA. While verification on a single parent without the other parent’s DNA does not have enough accuracy to stand up legally, it will definitely show if the buck is not the sire of the goat being tested, and can even show with reasonable accuracy if the buck might be the Sire. In order to have Sire Verification done at no charge, it must be requested at the same time the offspring is being DNA tested. DAM VERIFICATION [Dam Exclusion] Beginning January 1, 2015 Dam Verification will also be offered through ABGA. While verification on a single parent without the other parent’s DNA does not have enough accuracy to stand up legally, it will definitely show if the doe is not the dam of the goat being tested, and can even show with reasonable accuracy if the doe might be the Dam. In order to have Dam Verification done at no charge, it must be requested at the same time the offspring is being DNA tested.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT DNA TESTING CAN BE ASKED BELOW AND WILL BE ANSWERED WITHIN 48 BUSINESS HOURS.

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