Cow Power Female Genotyping Project

Discover the cow power in your herd!

The Cow Power Female Genotyping project is collaborative effort with the American Gelbvieh Association, American Gelbvieh Foundation and Neogen to increase the number of genotypes and phenotypic information on females in the AGA herdbook. Collection of this information helps to increase the accuracy and predicting power of EPDs used to describe Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle.

The Cow Power Project offers members the opportunity to receive a research price of $20 for a genomic test on females when they DNA test at least 90% of their current active cow inventory.

Participants who submit both mature weights and body condition scores electronically on at least 90% of the current active cow inventory will receive a one-time $4 rebate per head.

Project Requirements:

  • A minimum of 90% of the member’s active female inventory is to be genotyped in order to receive the research price for DNA testing females. Replacement females may be tested using the research price, however they are not included in the count toward 90%.
  • Only females that are in the member’s current herd inventory and have an AGA registration number qualify for this project, not including foundation cows (AMXX females). Number of females will be determined based on the number of females on inventory for that calendar year per AGA membership account, associated herds will not be included. Herd assessments must be completed for that year.
  • DNA samples must be collected with an Allflex Tissue Sampling Unit. Blood and hair samples are not eligible for this project. Orders with over 50 head will need to be submitted in a blue well tray available for purchase through the AGA.
  • The member agrees to provide payment, in full, for DNA testing no more than 30 days after samples are submitted to AGA and prior to samples being sent to the lab.
  • Members can submit mature weights, body condition scores, and mature height (optional) electronically on at least 90% of their cow herd for a one-time $4 per head rebate. Weights and body condition scores must be taken at the time of weaning.
  • Please contact Sarah Mumm at the AGA office to enroll. sarah@gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333

*Discounted genotype tests and rebates will be offered on a first come, first served basis as long as the allocated funds are available. Rebates are only available to those members enrolled in the project who collect and submit the required data. Genotype pricing and rebates are only available during the duration of the project.

*This is a research collaboration and therefore, DNA turnaround, data processing, and other timelines associated with the project are not based on current AGA timelines. These timelines are subject to change due to the seasonality of submission, normal data processing, etc.

*Members participating in the Cow Power Female Genotyping Project are not eligible for the DNA testing incentive program.