Welcome to Livestock Gentec
Livestock Gentec is an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions centre based at the University of Alberta. It was created to continue the world-class genomics research of the Alberta Bovine Genomics Program and bring the commercial benefits of genomics to the Canadian livestock industry.
Educational Materials Introduce the Farmers of Tomorrow to the
Power of Genomics
Advances in the study and application of genomics are a major platform for innovation across the meat and livestock industry. In partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency(ALMA), Livestock Gentec at the University of Alberta (U of A) and its partners are creating educational opportunities for industry’s newest young leaders.Read More.
SNP Technology Lowers Cost, Increases Efficiency for Sire Parentage Verification
Delta Genomics Centre (Delta) is an Edmonton based not-for-profit company that supplies DNA genomics services and technology to the livestock industry. Delta’s Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) panels are already used by the beef industry to identify traits like feed efficiency, tenderness and genetic defects. However, SNP’s can also be used to do sire parentage verification. Knowledge of which sire contributes to the growth and performance of the calves greatly increases the rate of genetic improvement. Read More
April 30th - May 2nd
Video of the month
Livestock Gentec- Conference Series- William Torres
Knowing the genetics of your cattle is getting easier.
Livestock genetics consultant Sean McGrath explains how experts can tell you the genetic traits of your animals at as young as six months. You can use the data to run multiple bulls in one pasture and verify the sire of each calf, or choose desirable heifers to keep as replacements. And, it’s not as expensive as you might think.
• This technology could be a game changer for commercial producers because it takes years off the breeding and selection process.
• Adding genomics to what we already know about expected progeny differences (EPDs) can increase accuracy and make genomic change even quicker.
• Plan to have multiple targets to be most effective — for example, if you’re selling terminal cattle, target yield and quality grade to find the right balance.
• The larger the breed association, the more advantage they have because of the size of their database.
In the cattle industry, you're only as good as your best bull. While that may be the case, staying focused on your genetic breadwinner isn't easy when you're staring at a field full of cattle. View pdf
Getting in the kNOw in GeNOmics!
We wanted to share this video that we have put together in a project to educate youth and the public on what we do here at Livestock Gentec and Delta Genomics.This video is another testament to the teamwork at Livestock Gentec. We hope you are able to enjoy the beautiful summer.
Graham and Tom"