Sire Genotyping

What is involved?

Each year, fine-wool ram breeders collect DNA samples from their rams and DNA is extracted from each sample and genotyped using SNP chip technology (an analysis that defines the DNA sequence at different locations across the genome).

Why has the information been collected?

These genotypes are being used to build a reference population for the New Zealand fine-wool industry, particularly the footrot breeding value project - FeetFirst.