Genetic testing

Description

The genetics laboratory at NSW DPI Laboratory Services offers a range of DNA extraction and genotyping services to identify inherited conditions in livestock.

Tests available

Test

Sample(s) required

Days of the week test is conducted

Turnaround time1

DNA extraction

Contact lab for suitability

Monday-Friday

10 working days

A2 milk protein

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

alpha-Mannosidosis  (Angus, Murray Greys or Galloways)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Bovine Leucocyte Adhesion Deficiency

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

beta-Mannosidosis (Salers)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Claudin 16 (Wagyu )2

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Coat Colour Dominant Black Allele2

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Coat Colour Recessive Red Allele

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Chediak Higachi Syndrome (Wagyu)2

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Citrullinaemia

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (Brahmans)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Ovine dermatosparaxis (White Dorper sheep)

Blood card

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Deficiency of Uridine Monophosphate Synthase

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Pompes Disease - E7, E13 or E18 mutations  (Brahmans or Shorthorns)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Factor XI or Factor XIII Deficiency (Wagyu)2

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Factor XI Deficiency (Friesians in Holstein )

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Freemartinism (Male-Specific PCR)3

EDTA blood (purple top tube)3

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (Quarter Horses)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Inherited congenital myoclonus

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Lavender Foal Syndrome

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Milk Protein beta-Lactoglobulin

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Milk Protein kappa-Casein

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Male-Specific PCR (Freemartinism)3

EDTA blood (purple top tube)3

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Maple Syrup Urine Disease (Poll Herefords or Poll Shorthorns)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Myophosphorylase Deficiency

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Myostatin Gene C313Y (Double-Muscling)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Myostatin Gene nt821 del11 (Double-Muscling)

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Protoporphyria

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Spherocytosis (Wagyu)2

Hair or fresh tissue

Monday - Friday

10 working days

Turnaround times are provided as a guide only. For specific information about your submission please contact Customer Service.

2 This test is not NATA accredited.

DNA extraction fee applies

Specimen requirements

Blood card

Blood (with anti-coagulant)

  • 10 ml of blood collected into an EDTA tube
    • Submit chilled
  • A DNA extraction surcharge applies for blood samples

Fresh tissue

  • Ear notch samples are preferred. To enquire about suitability of alternative tissue samples contact Customer Service.
  • Only the Afflex© Tissue Sampling Unit (TSU) is accepted without additional charge.
    • Submit chilled

Hair

  • 30-40 tail hairs (including the bulb) from each animal. Submit in paper envelopes.
  • For more information refer to the sample collection guide

Other

  • DNA can normally be extracted from most nucleated cells however; a DNA extraction charge may apply for non-routine samples.  To enquire about suitability of alternative sample types (e.g. semen) contact Customer Service.

Additional information

International submissions

In addition to the NSW DPI Laboratory Services specimen advice, international submissions must also be accompanied by:

  1. a copy of a valid import permit.
  2. a completed and signed copy of the manufacturer’s declaration.

Both accompanying documents should be affixed to the outside of the package.  For more information contact Customer Service.

Suspect inherited conditions

NSW DPI Laboratory Services can investigate suspect inherited genetic conditions upon request. For such investigations you will be required to:

  • collect property and disease history
  • describe clinic presentation (photos and videos are recommended)
  • obtain pedigree information of affected animal
  • collect two blood (with anti-coagulant; EDTA) samples from affected individual and both parents
  • collect tissue (spleen or liver preferred) for affected animal. Collection vials can be provided by the laboratory with advance notice (i.e. planned euthanasia)
  • collect 30-40 tail hairs from affected animal and both parents.

For further information contact Customer Service.

A2 Genotyping


NSW Department of Primary Industries is an accredited and registered A2 Gene Tester for the A2 Corporation Ltd. Your name, contact details and information relating to the A2 testing that is to be carried out, will be disclosed to the A2 Corporation Ltd for the purpose of communicating with you and in order to maintain a register of A2 gene tested animals. Information will be stored and managed in accordance with provisions under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The supply of your details is voluntary; however, the Department is unable to process your samples if the information is not provided.

You may access or correct your personal information by contacting Customer Service on 1800 675 623  or by writing to laboratory.services@dpi.nsw.gov.au.