1. Is DNA typing of individuals mandatory?  Only for bucks collected on June 1 2016 or later that have offspring from that collection.  It is also mandatory to test in the case of embryo tranfers.
  2. What are the 5 types of DNA services offered by ADGA? Individual, parentage verification, alpha s-1 casein, G-6-S (N-acetylglucosamine 6-sulphatase deficiency) and scrapie variant testing.
  3. Can an animal be DNA typed with only microchip information? No, they must be tattooed.
  4. The lab (VGL) prefers what kind of sample? Hair, ADGA strongly encourages you to sample and store hair (keep in an envelope in a dry, dark environment such as a file cabinet)  in case you ever need it.
  5. What is the fee for DNA typing? $30/animal or $27 for ADGA Plus Members.  Additional pricing information
  6. How do I order and can it be done online?  Straightforward requests can be done online (Order here)  More complicated cases are by email and phone.  Often we can keep the costs down for you.  Owners wishing to DNA type animals will provide the ADGA office with the reason for typing, a list of registration names and numbers of the animals to be tested.
  7. What information is required if a kid is unregistered in order to process the request?  Date of Birth, Gender, Breed, tattoo and if for parentage testing,  potential parents.
  8. What other type of samples will the lab accept? Blood & semen & other (by special arrangement).
  9. When collecting hair samples, what must be present for DNA typing to be performed? The follicle itself (root bulb).
  10. How discriminating is the test?  Our contract lab has a basic panel of 14 markers.  However, they have over 50 markers available to use if testing isn’t definitive from the basic panel.  So it is possible to discriminate between close relatives.
  11. How are animals selected for the Random Buck DNA sampling program?  Every 40th registered buck is selected.
  12. How many additional animals will ADGA pay for in the case a random sample result contains exclusion?  Total of 4, in the case of a trio one extra. The herd owner is responsible for any additional animals if necessary to resolve the parentage.
  13. If my buck is selected, what do I have to pay?  Testing is free for the buck and parents if they are available.
  14. How long does it take to get results? Most cases have results 2-4 weeks after the lab receives the samples.
  15. Owners wishing to DNA type animals will provide the ADGA office with the reason for typing, a list of registration names and numbers of the animals to be tested. For unregistered animals, the sex, breed, date of birth, and the tattoos with the location of the tattoos, for the offspring will be provided.The appropriate per animal fee to be DNA typed must be submitted with the list. ADGA will send three copies of the DNA Record of Identification form to the owner along with necessary instructions and/or kit for sending samples.How long does it take to get results? Most cases 2-4 weeks after the lab receives the samples.
  16. How will I be notified of my DNA results?” Your results will be emailed to you if an email address is on file with ADGA. If no email is on file, they will be mailed.
  17. How are results reported?  Individual, Parent Qualified, Sire Qualified or Dam Qualified.
  18. If I had the animal typed privately, can it be included in the database?  If the animal was typed at a lab that uses the internationally accepted marker panel, it can be included.  The cost is $15 per animal for the record transfer.