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Neogen launches enhanced Igenity Beef genomic profile

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Enhanced version stems from Neogen's partnership with International Genetic Solutions.

Neogen Corp. announced that is has launched an enhanced version of its Igenity Beef profile, a genomic test for commercial cattle.

Last fall, Neogen announced a partnership with International Genetic Solutions (IGS) to put even more power behind Igenity Beef by leveraging IGS's platform for multi-breed beef genetic evaluation. Those updates are now live and available to cattle producers, Neogen said.

"Together, IGS and Neogen are dedicated to ensuring commercial beef producers are armed with the best technology and information possible," Neogen genomics beef product manager Dr. Jamie Courter said. "Continuing to make updates to this solution with more and more data helps producers manage risk through confident selection."

Since 2003, Igenity has been advancing commercial genomic testing for beef. With a single DNA sample, Igenity delivers an estimate of genetic merit for 16 economically relevant traits, summarized into three indexes, Neogen said. Now powered by genomic knowledge from the same genetic evaluation that represents the genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences from many of Neogen's partner breed associations, Igenity Beef is stronger and better than ever, the company said.

Combined with Envigor and the Igenity Dashboard, commercial cattle producers have a complete package for heifer selection.

This latest advancement is possible through Neogen's strategic alignment with the many beef breed associations that form the IGS collaboration. With more than 250,000 genotypes and more than 18 million phenotypes across a subset of popular cattle breeds, the Igenity Beef profile provides commercial beef producers with accurate and powerful results by which to measure their herd and empower mating decisions, Neogen said.

Neogen Corp. develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company's Food Safety Division markets culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen's Animal Safety Division is a leader in worldwide biosecurity products, animal genomics testing and the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal health care products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and veterinary instruments.

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