First Nucleus Farms Start Collecting Tissue

NETHERLANDS, FRANCE, SPAIN & CANADA - In September, the first TOPIGS nucleus farms in the Netherlands, France, Spain and Canada started collecting tissue samples of sows as part of the extended and structural gathering of DNA material.
calendar icon 14 November 2011
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A total of 9200 sows will be tagged with a special Caisley ear tag that collects tissue and, at the same time, leaves a number in the ear so it is possible to identify the sow for phenotyping purposes.

Over the past year TOPIGS has already sampled a large number of animals. GWAS for about 5000 animals has already been done with a 60k chip. These gave highly accurate breeding values, thanks to the company's large phenotypic dataset.

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