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Holstein Association USA Genomic Testing Services

Offering a wide array of tests to meet your needs. Order your genomic testing kits today! Call Holstein Association USA Customer Service at 800.952.5200, or email

Whether your animals are Registered or grade, Holstein Association USA can fulfill your testing needs. Holstein Association USA offers a full complement of genomic and other genetic testing services.

Genomic Testing Options
Pricing effective February 1, 2013

U.S. Prices

Geneseek Genomic Profiler 9K SNP Test (GGP-LD)
Click here to learn more about the new GGP-LD test

800K SNP Test

Click here to read about Holstein USA's policy on genotyping bulls.

*Plus Foreign Basic ID fee of $10 or registration fee

Holstein COMPLETE herds will receive a 5% discount on all genomic tests ordered! Learn more about Holstein COMPLETE.


NEW Tissue Sampling Unit (TSU) Available for Genomic Testing!

Learn more:

2013 Schedule

Sample Deadline
Individual Predictions Available (estimated)
January 1 February 8
February 1 March 8
March 1 April 12
April 1 May 10
May 1 June 7
June 1 July 5
July 1 August 16
August 1 September 6
September 1 October 4
October 1 November 8
November 1 December 6

Sample Deadline - This is the date that customers should have samples to testing laboratories.

Individual Predictions Available Date - This is the day we expect to have the Individual Predictions available on, as well as distributed to our customers by mail, fax or email.

*Please note that date results will be available is an estimated date. Information is subject to change.
  Please see for any updates to the evaluation schedule.


What's the difference between the tests? Which is right for my animal?

The GGP 9K SNP Test (GGP-LD) provides a sizeable increase in reliability over Parent Average for a fraction of the cost of the GGP-HD test. It would be most applicable for screening groups of animals to find genetic differences within your herd. Some potential uses would be to decide which animals you might want to breed with sexed semen or flush embryos from. It also provides the added benefit of including several other genetic tests free of charge, as well as the ability to add on other popular genetic tests for a small fee. All tests are run from the same hair or blood sample for your convenience.

Included with the base cost of the GGP-LD Test:

  • Standard genomic prediction of health, production yield, calving and type traits, parentage verification and an official GTPI®
  • Holstein Haplotypes (HH1, HH2, HH3)
  • DUMPS (Deficiency of Uridine Monophosphate Synthase)
  • BLAD (Bovine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency)
  • Citrullinemia
  • Beta Lactoglobulin
  • Beta Casein A/B
  • Kappa Casein A,B & E
  • Y-Chromosome Infertility/Freemartin (required blood sample)

The 77K SNP test (GGP-HD) measures 77,000 SNPs in an animal's genome, to give you increased reliability over both parent averages and the GGP-LD test. The same tests are bundled with the base genomic test as the GGP-LD.

Additionally, you can order the following tests at the same time as either of the GGP tests for reduced fees, with all test performed from the same sample for your convenience:

  • Brachyspina ($30)
  • CVM (Complex Vertebral Malformation - $40)
  • Coat Color ($17)
  • Polled/Horned ($40)
  • BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhea - $13.50)
  • Beta Casein A2 ($20)

The 800K SNP test is the most advanced genomic test available. If you are interested in the 800K test, please call 800.952.5200, and speak with the Quality Assurance department to see if this test will best meet your needs.

Projected Reliabilities for PTA Milk
Parent Average 42%
9K SNP test 72%
77K SNP test 74%
800K SNP test 74%
Which animals from my herd can I have tested through
Holstein Association USA?


ANY Holstein in your herd, regardless of registry status, may be genomically tested through Holstein Association USA.

Grade Holstein cattle that are submitted for genomic testing will be entered into Holstein Association USA's Basic ID database at the traditional $1 Basic ID fee.

Which animals in my herd should I consider genomic testing?

The simple answer to this question — any animal that you are interested in having an earlier gauge of their genetic potential is one you should consider genomic testing. This could range anywhere from testing a few of your best performing animals with the 77K SNP Genomic Test to screening the majority of the heifers born on your farm with the 9K SNP Genomic Test, depending on your needs and wants, and how that information fits into your breeding and management programs.

Holstein Association USA offers tools to help producers evaluate the animals in their herd compared to herdmates, as well as the general U.S. Holstein population. Among other things, these reports can be used to help develop a list of animals who they may want to consider genomic testing.

Youngstock Genetic Herd Report: The Youngstock Genetic Herd Report provides breeders with a list of all non-milking animals in your herd, ordered by PTPISM. The report lists the following information for all animals in the herd's non-milking inventory:

  • Identification Information: Animals' barn name/number, registered name, registration number, %RHA, date of birth, sire and dam.
  • Production Genetic Information: PTAs for pounds of protein, fat, and milk, and the reliability for production traits.
  • Health Trait Genetic Information: PTAs for Productive Life (PL) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR).
  • Type Genetic Information: PTAs for Type, Udder Composite (UDC), Feet & Leg Composite (FLC) and reliability for type.
  • Index Information: PTPI and P-level (percentile ranking for how that animal compares to other animals in the same birth year) are listed for all animals.
  • Compare your heifers side-by-side with the previous year's averages for heifers in the general Holstein population.

          Click here to view a Youngstock Genetic Herd Report example.

Genetic Herd Report: The Genetic Herd Report is similar to the Youngstock Report, but it includes information on all animals on your herd's milking inventory (grouping those with a CTPISM and those with a PTPI separately), ordered by CTPI or PTPI. The report lists the following information for all animals in the herd's milking inventory:

  • Identification Information: Animals' barn name/number, registered name, registration number, %RHA, and date of birth.
  • Final Classification Score (if available) and Production Genetic Information, including PTAs for pounds of and percent protein, pounds of and percent fat, pounds of milk and reliability for production.
  • Health Trait Genetic Information: PTAs for Productive Life (PL) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR).
  • Type Genetic Information: PTAs for Type, Udder Composite (UDC), Feet & Leg Composite (FLC) and reliability for type.
  • CTPI/PTPI: Cows qualifying for Holstein Association USA's Locator List (Top 10,000 Cows, based on CTPI) are designated with an "L" appearing after their CTPI.
  • Compare your cows side-by-side with the previous year's averages for cows in the general Holstein population.

          Click here to view a Genetic Herd Report example.

How can I use this information to develop
a list of animals in my herd to genomic test?


Each breeder will have personal preferences as to the extent they want to utilize genomic information in their breeding and management programs. Because U.S. Holstein breeders and their operations are so diverse, Holstein Association USA doesn't recommend one course of action for utilizing genomic testing; However, following are a few examples of how genomic testing may be used in your herd:

  • Screen the top 10-25% animals in your herd, by TPI values.
  • Screen animals who are above breed average for TPI or other traits you value to find those that may have gotten an even more desirable set of genes than their pedigree indicates.
  • Test potential embryo donor dams to get a clearer picture of whether or not they have sets of genes you want to perpetuate in your herd, as well as to assist you making a complementary mating based on their genotype.
  • Screen groups of full siblings (in the case of ET calves) to determine which calves inherited the most desirable set of genes from their parents.
  • Some of the most aggressively-testing herds will likely screen most heifer calves born on their farm with the 9K SNP Genomic Test and re-test the most promising individuals with the 50K SNP Genomic Test to further improve the reliability of their information.

Genomics can be used to help you make more sound breeding and even management decisions:

  • Mate animals based on the genes they actually possess; after reviewing an animal's genomic results, based on their genes, you may want to use a sire that will more accurately complement her genetic makeup.
  • Manage animals more individually, based on their genetic potential. For example, if you have a cow whose genomic PTA shows her to be higher for Somatic Cell Score than her parent average, you may monitor her more closely for mastitis; or, if you have a heifer whose pedigree PTAs show her to be positive for fertility traits, but upon receiving her genomic results, you see that she is actually negative, you may put her on a timed A.I. program when she is ready to breed, or not use your most expensive semen on her first service.

The bottom line is that, by utilizing genomic technology, Holstein breeders can gain a more accurate insight into their animals' genetic potential at a much earlier age than what we have been able to estimate in the past. That knowledge can help you decide which animals to use as the genetic foundation for your herd, thereby aiding you in breeding a better herd of Holstein cows.

Why didn't I get results back on all of the animals I submitted samples for?

Holstein Association USA cannot guarantee that results will be returned on every sample that is submitted and processed through a monthly run. There are several factors that contribute to test sensitivity and successful sample submission. Following are some general guidelines.

  • It is extremely important to submit high-quality samples to the laboratory. The hair sample should be free of any debris and contaminants, including manure, urine, dirt, water, feed, etc. If you wash an animal's tail before pulling your hair sample, be sure the tail is completely dry before pulling the hair.
  • After the hair is pulled, check to be sure you have gotten at least 25-30 strands with the root bulbs attached.
  • If you are uncomfortable or it is inconvenient to submit hair samples from your animals, Holstein Association USA does offer the choice of Tissue Sampling Units (TSUs) or blood samples. Please call Customer Service for details if interested.
  • If you do have some samples that are unsuccessful, you will be contacted by Holstein Association USA and given the option to resubmit samples for those animals.

Holstein Association USA - your one source for premier genetic services.
Products priced competitively, with your bottom line in mind.

Call us at 800.952.5200 or email us.


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