• • • Neogen to take CRC’s lead on sheep DNA testing
The Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) has led the development of DNA testing within the Australian sheep industry and has worked in collaboration with Neogen since the start of the Information Nucleus program in 2007. Drawing on this long history of successful collaboration, Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe and Neogen vice president Jason Lilly finalised the transition for the continuation of DNA services to the Australian sheep industry for when the Sheep CRC closes its doors on June 30.
Sheep breeders will continue to order tests online through www.sheepdna.com.au, with their samples processed and analysed at Neogen’s Australian laboratories, and results incorporated into the Sheep Genetics databases for assignment of parentage and enhancement of breeding value accuracies. It will be business as usual for sheep breeders ordering DNA tests come July 1, with transition arrangements now in place to transfer the Sheep CRC’s genomic testing operations to Neogen Australasia.
Neogen supplies genetic testing to all 27 of Australia’s major beef cattle associations, as well as dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and other species. It will continue to employ staff currently based at the Sheep CRC’s Armidale base at the University of New England, ensuring continuity of service provision and retention of industry knowledge.