Euribrid makes use of Genomic Selection
Euribrid has announced the first large-scale commercial use of “Genomic Selection” technology in poultry. This is the first time such a large set of DNA markers has been used in commercial animal breeding. Animals used for application were born on 22 November, 2006. The basics of this technology are available; however, large-scale use of this application is still rare.
Genomic Selection allows researchers to check essential traits of an animal before it is born, including traits which are currently very difficult to measure, such as resistance to disease and meat quality. Genomic Selection provides an accurate assessment of breeding values of animals without having to measure traits. Furthermore, the information is available not just for a single gene or trait, but also for all the genes and all traits at the same time.
Dr Gerard Albers, manager of Euribrid’s Breeding Research Centre says: “This is a DNA technology in breeding with true breakthrough potential. Through genomic selection, genetic progress can be dramatically increased.”
“Genomic Selection could well be the largest breakthrough in breeding since the introduction of BLUP in pig breeding in the early 1990s and the introduction of hybridisation in chicken and turkey breeding in the 1940s and 1950s,” said Albers.