With regard to breeding and racing, prices need to be realistic in the current economic environment. Our most detailed assessments including multiple DNA analyses with report and back-up are capped at a highly competitive GBP380 per animal.
EQProfile – Universal equine genetic profiling
We provide a series of DNA tests and genetic data that we combine in one package. These help to co-ordinate or identify genetic combinations in a horse that contribute to common speed, stamina and precocity objectives. That is, they help to produce or select horses that are more of a complete, targeted and uniform ‘package’ and reduce uncertainty and genetic variability. These assessments include:
· Assessment of respiratory/energy release genes: These genes are part of four respiratory energy-release complexes. Strong stamina and speed correlations exist with the varying combinations carried by different horses.
· Determination of heterozygosity and homozygosity: Inbreeding is the best way of fixing consistent useful genetic characteristics but only if you can avoid duplication of the less desirable ones. Using DNA markers we have been able to determine that there is an optimum amount of gene duplication that occurs in the best performers. We believe that inbreeding is beneficial but only when applied under the right circumstances. Through use of DNA assessment we can obtain a clearer picture of how close this can be carried out and whether it should be avoided or increased.
· Relatedness/Cluster analysis: Using a large number of non-specific DNA markers we can graphically cluster horses into stamina and speed groups with known animals in our database. This gives us a better idea of the way in which they should be mated (to reinforce or adapt their stamina leanings) or raced and the stamina potential of the progeny they might produce.
There are 3 products based on the EQProfile for which there are individual set fees and to which discounts apply for multiple orders:
Application of the above tests and databases give us useful indications of which stallions are better used with specific mares and also of the likely effect on the stamina of the progeny. This product includes: application of our suite of DNA assessments and databases; a list of appropriate stallions and associated scores; a report explaining the findings; concluding advice.
… Fee: £380 GBP
EQ Profile Sire
Our tests and databases also provide pointers as to the types of mares that will support specific stallions to greater effect. This product includes: application of our suite of DNA assessments and databases; a breakdown of the preferred types of mare; a report explaining the findings; concluding advice.
… Fee: £380 GBP
EQ Profile Horse
The assessments described above can also be used to help determine the racing suitability of horses in training or young stock. We can gain an insight into their potential speed, stamina and best racing distance and advise owners, breeders and sales people accordingly. This product includes: application of our suite of DNA assessments and databases; a report explaining the findings; relevant advice, as requested.
… Fee: £300 GBP