More and more livestock producers are using genetic testing to improve their herds. As a result, veterinarians are seeking to help their clients better understand genomics. But what is genomics and how does it help livestock producers?
What is genomics?
Genomics is the study of the entire set of genes found in living things. A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, all the information needed to build that organism. The main difference between genomics and genetics is that genetics may look at a single gene, but genomics looks at all genes and how they interact to influence growth and development of an organism.
How does genomics help livestock producers?
Genomics makes clear what was once unknown. Genomic testing can help predict future profitability potential. This in turn allows producers to optimize the profitability and yields of their herds by making different animal selection and strategic breeding decisions.
Zoetis is one of the most widely used genomic testing sources for sheep, beef and dairy cattle – and we have well-respected support services in the industry. We provide more accurate genetic predictions than they would otherwise have and also provide other genetic support to help producers make better decisions while increasing the economic returns on their breeding programs.
Where can you learn more?
Zoetis has partnered with a number of breed associations globally to advance genetic improvement strategies including the use of genomic testing. One example is with the Holstein Association USA to produce a webinar series about genomics for dairy herds with The Bullvine. The series has seven videos covering a range of topics from an introduction to genomics to a presentation about the economics of genomics. Find the whole series here.
Zoetis offers a wide range of genomic testing to help beef and dairy cattle or sheep producers make informed decisions and manage their livestock more effectively. Learn more about genetics at Zoetis.