IDTRAK™ is a DNA banking system designed for livestock owners. The system can be used to store DNA on the key sires and dams used in your breeding program. When combined with production and reproduction data, this can become an important tool for improving the quality of your herd over time.
IDTRAK™ is a DNA banking system designed for livestock owners. All animals have a unique genetic profile. IDTRAK™ allows livestock owners to maintain that unique genetic profile as a historic record. These records can be needed for a variety of situations where you need to trace the identity or parentage (family tree), breed or association registration, trace back due to later event (sales, siring, disease, or reproduction issues) or even to use for future genetic testing.
Right now, genetic companies are working hard to discover genes that affect economic traits in livestock, such as meat quality, disease resistance, reproduction, and others. If you buy or sell valuable animals, you may want to use IDTRAK™ to determine some of the following:
- Did I receive the exact animal I intended to buy?
- Can I prove that I delivered the exact animal that was purchased?
- Can I demonstrate that a specific purchased animal was responsible for introducing a problem into my herd?
- Can I defend the animal I sold was not the source of the problem?
- Which bulls are efficiently producing offspring and which aren’t? Where did the offspring obtain those traits?
- Who were the sire and dam?
Why DNA Bank?
The IDTRAK™ system can be used to store DNA on the key sires and dams used in your breeding program. When combined with production and reproduction data, this can become an important tool for improving the quality of your herd over time. Then, as future economically important genetic traits are discovered, you can test your current breeding animals along with your stored samples. This will allow you to understand just where the good genes originated in your herd.
How IDTRAK™ Works?
The IDTRAK™ system is very easy to use within your herds. Once you contact Animal ID, we will provide you with the sample collection cards, bleeding supplies, and sample collection protocols for collecting the blood sample from your animal. Next, you simply mail the sample collection cards to AnimalID, and we store them in our secure facility until you decide to have the animals tested. When you decide to have the samples tested, you can either test them through Animal ID, or we can send them to other testing labs.