Alliance Gives Dairy Producers Access to New Genetic Testing Services
On May 1st, 2012, Pfizer Animal Health joined the existing alliance between the Canadian Dairy Network (CDN), the Holstein Association of Canada (Holstein Canada), the Semex Alliance and its owners
CIAQ, EastGen and Westgen (Semex). In doing so, Pfizer Animal Health brings its expertise in dairy genetics and a new genetic testing service to the Canadian market.
The new alliance will foster a collaborative approach to delivering predictive genetic information to the Canadian dairy industry, promote female genotyping and assist Canada’s dairy producers to use genetic information to make sound management decisions and propagating desired traits.
Genetic testing can identify the potential of young animals quickly, targeting traits such as future milk production, as well as health traits such as future reproductive performance and udder health. It can also help achieve selection goals much faster than conventional breeding.
With this agreement, both CIAQ representatives and accredited veterinarians will have new software to assist breeders to better interpret results for an informed decision-making.