From January 1st, 2020, all animals being entered in Irish Charolais Cattle Society show and sales must be genomic-tested and verified prior to the closing date for entries.
DNA verification will no longer be accepted, according to a spokesperson for the society.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Irish Charolais Cattle Society said: “Breeders should note that the responsibility is on them to have their animals genotyped and the results back prior to the closing date for entries to be eligible for entry.”
“We strongly advise that animals should be genotyped as soon as possible, as results can take some time to come back.” the spokesperson added.
In order to request a genotype kit for an animal, please contact ICBF on: 023 8820452.
“By having all animals entered in society sales genotyped from the January 1st, 2020, it will allow the society to request the myostatin status of each animal entered in society sales and include their myostatin status in sale catalogues.” the statement added.
“This will be a major advantage to customers selecting young bulls or heifers at our society sales."
The society confirmed that it will cover the cost of the myostatin test for each animal entered in society sales for the first year (2020), which is €6/animal.
Myostatin is a gene that influences the production of proteins which control muscle development. Currently, in Charolais cattle, there are two known mutations of the gene – F94L & Q204X.
The spokesperson outlined that knowing the myostatin status of your animals will also help you as breeders to select breeding animals with the most appropriate myostatin traits for your breeding programme.
“This will inevitably improve calving ease, carcase conformation and quality, without compromising on key maternal traits, such as milk and fertility.” the spokesperson concluded.