This paper describes, from the perspective of the main animal genotyping service laboratory, the uptake of DNA tests by the New Zealand livestock industries. We describe a rapid increase in the use of DNA testing over the last 3-4 years in New Zealand. In particular pedigree establishment and verification has shown significant uptake by deer, cattle and sheep breeders. The highest penetration of DNA testing has been in the deer industry where we estimate 30-40% of the recorded breeding population uses DNA testing to establish and verify pedigrees. The increases have mainly been due to an increase in the number of samples per client rather than an increase in the number of clients using the service.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 67, Wanaka, 168-174, 2007
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