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Genetic samples need to be accompanied by a Sample Submission Form and an Order Form which includes a release authorization. Please note that these froms have changed.

Instructions For Sample Submission

AgriGenomics is accepting all sample types at this time.  This includes whole blood in EDTA tubes, semen, blood Cards and hair.

Current tests are:

DD Developmental Duplication OS Osteopetrosis
TH Tibial Hemimelia MA Alpha-Mannosidosis
PHA Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca IE Idiopathic Epilepsy
CC Black/Red Coat Color DL Dilution
AM Arthrogryposis Multiplex HY Hypotrichosis
NH Neuropathic Hydrocephalus FM Freemartin
CA Contractural Arachnodactyly BD Bulldog Dwarfism - Chondrodysplasia

***PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY SAMPLES FOR SAMPLE TO BE PROCESSED***

BLOOD SAMPLES
Collect at least 2cc of whole blood (not serum) in an EDTA purple top tube. An anticoagulant is used in the purple top tubes to keep the blood from clotting. If sent in any other type of tube the sample will NOT be processed.

After collecting the blood, the tube must be mixed thoroughly by inverting 5-10 times. Severely clotted blood samples received will NOT be processed and must be resubmitted.   If using a syringe to draw blood, transfer IMMEDIATELY to a purple top tube. 

It is also important that a new needle/syringe be used for each animal. The sensitivity of the test can detect very small quantities of contamination potentially producing invalid test results.

Please label the blood tubes with the animal’s permanent ID and/or registration # (if available). It’s also extremely important that tubes are not mislabeled.  If sending in more than one sample please, be very cautious and make sure to label tubes for the animal to which they belong.

Blood samples should be shipped within 48 hours of collection for best results. Second day shipping via UPS or Federal Express are recommended. Samples that are collected a day prior to shipment should be kept in the refrigerator prior to shipment.

Hot Weather: When temperatures exceed 90◦F for extended periods, please include a cold pack with the samples. DO NOT FREEZE.

Cold Weather: When temperatures are below 35◦F, please pack the samples in an insulated container to avoid freezing.

SEMEN SAMPLES
Send at least one straw of thawed semen

Semen straws should be protected from breakage during shipment by placing them in a semen cane or goblet and packaged in a padded envelope or small box.

Please refrain from shipping semen straws in standard sized mailing envelopes. When processed by the US Postal Service, these samples are often crushed by the rollers in automated mail handling equipment.


COLLECTION OF BLOOD SAMPLES ON BLOOD CARDS
Label the front of the blood card with the PERMANENT ID number and registration number (if available) of the animal to be tested.  It’s also extremely important that cards are not mislabeled.  If sending in more than one sample please, be very cautious and make sure to label cards for the animal to which they belong.

Remove the needle from the plastic cover. Be sure to use a new needle for each animal.

Hold the top of the animal’s ear. Use the needle to pierce the ear near the top where you are holding it.

Wait 5-10 seconds for the blood to form a drop. Discard the needle and ready the blood card.

Holding the blood card, press the pre-printed circle or the absorbent paper portion of the card to the blood on the top side of the ear. If more sample is needed, press to the underside of the ear. For a sufficient sample, the blood should be at least the size of a quarter.

Keep the cards separated from each other until the blood stains are dry, then fold up with id showing.

Fill out the Submission and Request Oder Form. Match the tattoo number on the blood card with the corresponding tattoo on the paperwork.

Repeat the steps for each additional animal being tested.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COLLECTING AND MAILING HAIR SAMPLES FOR DNA TESTING
Hair root from the coarse hair at the end of the tail is the preferred sample type for cattle. When sampling several animals in the same session, avoid sample contamination by ensuring that there are no strands of hair in your hands prior to sampling a new individual.

Clean the area by removing all loose hair and foreign matter (use comb if possible).

Pull (do NOT cut) 20-30 hair strands total. Grasp small group of hair close to skin and pull in one swift, downward motion (needle-nose pliers or tweezers can be used, especially if hair is short).

Examine the end of hair strands for the presence of root bulbs. The bulbs are necessary for DNA testing. If the majority of the hair strands lack the root bulbs, discard hair and start again. Do not send hair without visible bulb.

Hair sample should be inserted in a letter-size envelope. The outside of the envelope should be labeled with the PERMANENT ID number and registration number (if available) of the animal to be tested.  It’s also extremely important that envelopes are not mislabeled.  If sending in more than one sample please, be very cautious and make sure to label envelope for the animal to which they belong.

Fill out the Submission and Request Oder Form. Match the tattoo number on the blood card with the corresponding tattoo on the paperwork.

Repeat the steps for each additional animal being sampled.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS
Enclose all relevant information needed to process your request for testing and payment in a zip-lock bag to protect it from damage. Samples will NOT be processed until payment is received.

PRICING

FOR dd:  $18 each

FOR TH, PHA, and CC: 
 $25 each and an additional $10 for a combination test.  (TH & PHA or TH & CC or PHA & CC =$35 ea TH/PHA/CC = $45)

FOR DL, IE, HY, OS, MA, AM, NH, and CA: $20 each and an additional $10 for a combination test. (AM & NH, AM & CA, NH & CA, IE & DL, etc. =$30 AM, NH & CA; AM, NH & OS; etc. = $40)

For any combination of 4 or more test’s = $50

Ship samples and payment to:
AgriGenomics, Inc.
2399 N 1000 East Road
Mansfield, IL 61854

Written results will be provided on all samples tested.  It is in your best interest to identify the samples as completely as possible for your future reference and use. If you have any questions, please contact us at (217) 762-9808 or email at agrigenomics@prairieinet.net

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