NMR is introducing a subscription based genomic testing option within its GeneTracker service at UK Dairy Day, Telford, on September 11, 2019. This new option, Total Herd Genomics (THG), will be the UK’s first genomic testing service available on subscription.
Producers will pay a monthly fee based on the anticipated number of heifers to be tested in the following 12 months.There will also be an option to add in the cost of testing all heifers at enrolment and to spread this cost across the year.
“This is especially attractive to producers starting genomic testing,” said NMR’s Richard Miller.
“THG is aimed at NMR recording producers. It avoids big ‘up front’ costs when producers start using genomic tests for managing their herds and it streamlines the process on farm.”
NMR is offering an initial 5% discount on all herds enrolling on the NMR’s new subscription-based genomic testing service Total Herd Genomics before October 31, 2019.
The THG subscription covers testing, support and sampling supplies. Producers are offered a choice of sampling units; either tissue sampling units to be sent to them after each milk recording or for DEFRA approved tags with built-in genotype vial units. Both options can include a BVD testing facility.
Mr Miller added: “Once a 12-month period is completed, we will reconcile fees against tests completed tests and issue a fee report with the appropriate credit or debit as required.”