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Dr. Jamie Courter is your Mizzou Beef Genetics Extension Specialist

By Jared E. Decker Many of you have probably noticed that things have been a lot less active on the A Steak in Genomics™   blog, but you probably haven't known why. In January 2021, I was named the Wurdack Chair in Animal Genomics at Mizzou, and I now focus on research, with a little bit of teaching. I no longer have an extension appointment. But, with exciting news, the blog is about to become a lot more active! Jamie Courter began as the new MU Extension state beef genetics specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences on September 1, 2023. I have known Jamie for several years, meeting her at BIF when she was a Masters student. I have been impressed by Jamie in my interactions with her since that time.  Dr. Courter and I have been working closely together the last 6 weeks, and I am excited to work together to serve the beef industry for years to come! Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University and earned a master's degree in animal

Show-Me-Select Genomic-Enhanced EPD Requirement: Where to purchase the DNA test

The Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program recently announced the requirement that natural service sires have genomic-enhanced EPDs. Where possible, genomic-enhanced EPDs should be available on the bull prior to purchasing him. However, this is not always the case. Some previously purchased bulls will need to be tested prior to February 1, 2020.

If GE-EPDs are needed, DNA testing should be purchased and ordered through the breed association in which the bull is registered. For example, DNA testing for an Angus bull should be purchased through Angus Genetics, Inc.

Do NOT purchase tests designed for commercial heifers (Igenity Beef, GeneMax Advantage, Method Genetics, etc.).

Here is information on purchasing DNA testing for GE-EPDs for several common breed associations used in the program:

Contact AGI Customer Services at 816-383-5100 for assistance.
Submitting DNA Samples to Angus Genetics
Collecting DNA Samples
Testing Options

Red Angus
Contact RAAA National Office at (940) 387-3502 ext 8 for assistance.
How to Submit DNA to Red Angus

Contact the AHA customer service staff at 816-842-3757 with the registration number and test request.
DNA Testing

Contact the ASA customer service at (406) 587-4531 with the registration number and test request.
Ordering a DNA Kit
DNA Testing Forms

Feel free to contact me or your regional livestock specialists if you need assistance collecting a DNA sample or ordering a test for your Show-Me-Select Program bull.


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