DNA testing

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by NDinKY, May 21, 2020.

  1. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    Does anyone here do DNA testing for their animals? I’ve mostly seen it with bucks, but wasn’t sure the benefits of doing it. None of mine are DNA tested. What benefit is there to doing it? Does it help improve tracking of lineage?
     
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  2. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    DNA is used to prove parentage.

    It is on record and if you have two bucks who break into the doe pen, and bred them.
    You can identify the offspring of who is who's by doing DNA on a kid(s).
     

  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    There are registries that require the buck to be DNA tested to register his offspring. But most people use it to verify parentage when 2 bucks breed the same doe.
     
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  4. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    Fortunately I haven’t had the issue of a loose buck (yet) or question about who bred who! I think the electric fence helps with that, lol.
     
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  5. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    We only DNA test the bucks we use for breeding as it is an ABGA requirement. If you don't DNA test your bucks, then you can't register his kids. Otherwise, unless you just want to follow bloodlines or parent verification, then I don't see a 'need' for it.
     
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  6. FoxRidge

    FoxRidge Well-Known Member

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    Aug 25, 2016
    Minnesota
    So I have a question with this, I know ADGA is require DNA testing in the next few years for bucks. I have a buckling who's sire I sold recently that was never DNA tested. I know for certain is parentage and watched the breeding but can he be typed or whatever so in the future any bucks registered from him can be DNA tested? Sounds simple and stupid but if the original sire was never DNA typed how can his kids be?
     
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  7. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    Guess I’ll be DNA testing my bucks then, lol.
     
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  8. FoxRidge

    FoxRidge Well-Known Member

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    Aug 25, 2016
    Minnesota
    They start requiring it in 5 yrs supposedly
     
  9. Ranger1

    Ranger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2014
    I believe you will only be required to DNA bucks that are born after the date the rule becomes effective.
     
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  10. FoxRidge

    FoxRidge Well-Known Member

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    Aug 25, 2016
    Minnesota
    I think it's $30 a buck too.
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    They have a cut off time for if a buck was born before such and such date, DNA is not required before that time frame.
    So you will have to find out when it must be done thereafter.

    If they are just doing volunteer DNA now on you. It is not required, but as soon as it does kick it.
    Many breeders will be filing at once and it will be slow going.