What am I doing?
I am collecting DNA samples from all
cattle breeds in the US in order to compare each animal’s
DNA within a breed and to animals in other breeds.
How does this help me as a breeder?
This program will help all breeds
develop more accurate and less expensive DNA parentage and
carcass trait testing. The larger the test base the more
conclusive the results.
How are the samples used?
Scientist around the country use the
samples for different projects but all are working toward
understanding the genetic make-up of cattle. The more
samples that are available the more types of research can be
How does this benefit my herd?
A few of the benefits include lower DNA
testing cost, more accurate DNA testing in sampled breeds,
and the possibility that new research findings could present
new marketing opportunities.
What is the cost?
There is no cost to the breeder.
Who uses the samples?
There are many scientific research
facilities that use DNA from different cattle breeds in a
multitude of projects. These facilities range from colleges
to the USDA and everything in between. One of the main
research facilities that I have delivered samples to
includes the USDA’s US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay
Are the results of the research available?
The aim of US Meat Animal Research
Center is to make research publicly available as soon as
possible without restrictions.
Randy Goode's part in all this?
My job is to help labs around the country
get viable DNA samples for testing. It is not cost effective for
the labs to individually hire a full time person to get the
samples that the scientist need so I have been finding and
collecting samples for them.