Zoetis and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) have announced a distribution agreement that will allow Red Angus breeders to order the Zoetis HD 50KTM and i50K genomic tests and tests for parentage and genetic conditions for seedstock animals directly from the RAAA. The RAAA will process orders, execute billing, and submit samples on behalf of breeders to Zoetis for genotyping.
“We’re excited about the partnership with Zoetis and are looking forward to having them more involved in the Red Angus breed,” said Tom Brink, CEO, RAAA. “We want as many Red Angus cattle as possible to be genomically tested as to further grow our base population. This is good for all Red Angus breeders.”
The agreement means a new process for Red Angus breeders to submit orders and DNA samples for testing directly to the RAAA, as well as new billing procedures and a new order form.
“This partnership between the RAAA and Zoetis is a collaboration for dependable member service, further advancement of Red Angus genetics, and ongoing opportunities for innovation in cattle breeding,” said Kent Andersen, Director of Genetics Technical Services, U.S. Cattle-Equine with Zoetis. “Zoetis is pleased to offer Red Angus breeders and commercial users of Red Angus genetics another means to get dependable genomic enhanced expected progeny differnces (GE-EPDs) for the complete range traits to make more profitable selection, breeding and marketing decisions.”