Animal Genetics, Irene

Background

The Animal Genetics department undertakes basic and applied research and strives to apply current knowledge for the improvement of farm animals of both large and small-scale farmers.  A DNA forensic service is also offered to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in stock theft cases.  Microsatellite based DNA profiling forms the basis of all the molecular genetics research and services in the Animal Genetics department.  The technology is also applied in parentage determination and the identification of individual animals for registration purposes.

The department also has an established national DNA reference catalogue called Lidcat – Livestock Identification Catalogue.  The system is aimed at establishing an affordable and irrefutable identification system for animals by collecting a biological sample (hair) from individuals and storing it under ideal conditions.

Microsatellite markers are also available for certain game species.  These include buffalo, kudu, impala, eland, rhino, wildebeest, duiker, blesbok and sable.

Services & Pricing

The DNA parentage services are available to stud and commercial breeders as well as small-scale farmers and individual livestock owners.

The South African Police Services is the main client for the Forensic service offered.  Private individuals also make use of the Forensic service in the case of livestock disputes.

Species identification tests are available to private clients, chain stores as well as the SAPS.

The Lidcat service is used in the case of theft or parentage/ownership disputes, the system can be used to identify the animal.

List of Services:

  • Animal Forensics (Livestock and Game species)
  • DNA profiling for Livestock Species (Parentage verification and individual identification)
  • Species identification
  • Genetic disorders – Dexter Chondrodysplasia
  • Lidcat and Biobank

 

 

SERVICE

AMOUNT INCL. VAT

DNA PROFILING:

CATTLE

R150-00 (sliding scale available)

HORSES

R250-00 or sliding scale on request

PIGS

R150-00

SHEEP

R200-00

GOATS

R150-00

FORENSICS

R550-00

DEXTER CHONDRODYSPLASIA

R228-00

SPECIES IDENTIFICATION:

PRIVATE

R300-00 (sliding scale available)

FORENSICS

R550-00

LIDCAT:

STORAGE                                     

        

R15 / lidcat kit (please note additional charge if  DNA typing is required)

*The prices are reviewed annually. Contact service provider for quotation.

Equipment:

PCR:

  • GeneAmp 9700 (x3)
  • Applied Biosystems Real-Time PCR 7500
  • Illumina Eco Real-Time PCR

Genotyping/Sequencing:

  • ABI 3130XL

Contact information:

Name of contact person:  Pranisha Soma / Olivia Maopholi / Jill Anigworth

Email address:  az.ci1544727215rga.c1544727215ra@ah1544727215sinar1544727215P1544727215 / az.ci1544727215rga.c1544727215ra@ag1544727215natN1544727215 / az.ci1544727215rga.c1544727215ra@ll1544727215iJ1544727215

Tele:  012 – 672 9218 / 9027 / 9008

Fax:  012 – 672 9214

Location: Agricultural Research Council, Animal Production Institute, Animal Genetics Division, Irene.