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Santa Gertrudis association cooperates with Mexican breeders on genetic evaluation

Two neighboring Santa Gertrudis associations will cooperate to enhance the genetic improvement of the iconic breed. U.S.-based Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) and Mexico Santa Gertrudis Association have agreed to implement a common genetic evaluation allowing producers of Santa Gertrudis cattle on both sides of the border to evaluate cattle utilizing the same genetic selection tools.

SGBI Executive Director John Ford and Mexico Association President Carlos Sellers announced the agreement at a genetic planning meeting March 4 during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Livestock Genetic Services of Woodville, Va. will provide the services needed for the two-association evaluation.

“This is a great opportunity for Santa Gertrudis breeders in the United States and Mexico," Ford said, following the announcement. "The ability to evaluate genetics and make sound selection and breeding decisions opens the door for breed growth, not just in the two countries but across North, Central and South America. I look forward to working with the Mexico Santa Gertrudis Association validating animal performance and strengthening the breed’s presence in the commercial sector.”

Sellers echoed Ford’s sentiment. “Providing Mexican cattlemen with identical genetic evaluation tools will allow for the constant measurement of our cattle’s genetic progress with their American counterparts and identify profitable genetics regardless of country. This joint effort will certainly benefit breeders on both sides of the border.”

The Santa Gertrudis Breeders International genetic evaluation is one of the most comprehensive among Bos indicus-influenced breeds. The evaluation has been reviewed by leading animal geneticists and utilizes genotypes collected from the breed’s leading sires and validated on 10K, 20K, 30K and 50K SNP chips. Thousands of ranch phenotypes and scan records collected over a 25-year period serve as the foundation of the genetic evaluation. SGBI is a leader in the adoption and implementation of genetic technology and the association’s database contains more than 4,000 DNA samples genotyped with the GeneSeek Genomic Profiler. The first joint association Santa Gertrudis genetic evaluation is scheduled for release in early July, 2016.

Material on BEEF Briefing Room comes directly from company news releases. Source: Santa Gertrudis Breeders International