The expectations of both producers and consumers regarding the quality and traceability of their food and the industries need for better productivity to meet the needs of the market has risen exponentially in the last few years. Weatherbys Scientific has responded to this demand for testing by utilising the latest techniques and employing expert staff.
Our work in the bovine sector has grown dramatically in recent years, and we can process more than 500,000 samples a year.
Using the Illumina iScan platform the laboratory provides a genotyping service by with the IDB V3,(54K SNP chip) and 770K (HD) SNP chips used to produce genomic breeding values and in Genome wide association studies.
The Laboratory uses a panel of 18 internationally recognised microsatellite DNA markers for routine parentage verification, which can supplemented with a secondary panel of 10 markers to assist with problematic cases.
SNP based parentage verification is carried out with the recommended ISAG SNP markers.
Archived microsatellite DNA profiles held on the database provide an excellent resource for pedigree searching and solving incorrect parentage.
The laboratory offers a wide range of Single Gene tests. These include Beta casein (A2) Kappa Caseins, Bovine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (BLAD) test, Complex vertebral malformation (CVM), Red Factor, Tibia Hemimelia (TH), Myostatin, Fawn Calf (CA), Curly Calf (AM), Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH) Water Head Syndrome, Hypotrichosis, Idiopathic Epilepsy, Dilutor gene, Polled, Developmental Duplication, Protoporhyria, Robertsonia Translocation,, Congenital muscular dystonia I, Congenital muscular dystonia II, Crooked Tail Syndrome, Deficiency of uridine monophosphate synthase (DUMPS), Freemartin testing and Brachyspina Syndrome.
Established reference populations for Angus, Hereford, Holstein, Fresian, Simmental, Limousin and Charolais cattle
The Laboratory also assists with the investigation of animal biological material as evidence in legal matters.