News Release December 20, 2004
Christmas comes early for Beef Producers
Producers have a beefed up selection tool for marbling with the release of two additional DNA gene markers for Marbling. These two markers add to the current single marker test, GeneSTAR Marbling that has been available since 2000. The new test has been released as GeneSTAR Feedlot.
This three marker test is another world first for Brisbane based company Genetic Solutions who were the first company to release a production based DNA test, GeneSTAR Marbling and also the first company globally to release a multi marker single trait test in GeneSTAR tenderness 2.
The two additional markers increase the ability to select for marbling using a DNA test. The uptake of the first marker, GeneSTAR Marbling has continued to increase. Many producers, while aware of the future of DNA technology have been waiting for additional markers to be available before taking the plunge. This new test provides the evidence that DNA tests will be a key part of the industry’s future.
This three gene test further enhances the ability of cattle producers and lot feeders to predict the genetic merit of their animals.
MLA Director and Rockdale Beef General Manager Paul Troja welcomed the new GeneSTAR test and said it will be a great asset to companies that export to high value markets for Australian beef, such as Japan.
“The identification of new gene markers takes the guess work out of buying bulls. It enhances our ability to choose animals with a high genetic potential for the marbling trait,” he said.
“DNA testing puts us in a better position to meet the stringent demands of our customers, particularly in Japan, for beef with a high marble score. We’re always looking for ways to produce tastier, more valuable beef to better supply our markets.”
Genetic Solutions Marketing and Sales Manager Jason Strong said the commercialisation of new genetic tests for marbling would provide real benefits to Australian beef businesses.
“The tests enable beef producers and lot feeders to progressively improve the quality of their herds by more effectively selecting cattle for their marbling potential,” Mr Strong said.
“Importantly the three marker test for marbling provides a tool to more accurately select feedlot cattle destined for the high value markets such as Japan which require higher marbling scores.
Used as a sorting tool at or prior to feedlot entry, feeding and end market decisions can be made with more certainty leading to increased compliance. This can also mean reduced costs from fewer days on feed to meet marbling specifications.
Five gene markers have now been commercialised by Genetic Solutions for industry use. Three of these markers resulted from CSIRO/Beef CRC research. These GeneSTAR tests include markers for marbling and meat tenderness.
For more information contact:
Toll Free – 1300 768 400
Jason Strong – firstname.lastname@example.org 0418 658887
News Release December 14, 2004
Prize for Cattle Genome Research
Dr. Ian Wood, a research fellow working with Genetic Solutions and Queensland University of Technology, was awarded the prize for best poster at the Bio InfoSummer 2004 ICE-EM Summer Symposium in Bioinformatics held at the Australian National University from 6th-10th December, 2004.
Dr Wood’s poster entitled “Statistical Methods for Comparative Mapping”, reviewed a range of current methods for mapping conserved segments of the genome across two species. It also proposed a Bayesian statistical model to apply a probability to each segment of the map.
One important application of this work is in finding genes in cattle that are associated with economically valuable traits. Comparative maps of the cattle genome to better- understood species such as humans, mice and rats can assist in finding and determining the function of cattle genes. The recent sequencing and ongoing assembly of the cattle genome will assist in developing more detailed maps which will speed up the search for new genetic markers for cattle traits such as marbling, tenderness, net feed efficiency and disease resistance.
News Release December 1, 2004
Perfect Six Star Results for Limousin Bull
A red Limousin bull which boasts a six star GeneSTAR® rating is on the market, arousing considerable interest in the seed stock sector.
HML Garder, achieved an outstanding four star tenderness and two star marbling result for GeneSTAR® DNA tests performed by Brisbane based company Genetic Solutions for owners Inge and Kjeld Sorensen, Tanholm Limousins of Clifton in Queensland.
Inge & Kjeld Sorensen are recent adopters of the GeneSTAR® technology and are very pleased with the results. HML Garder goes back to the herd’s foundation genetics. “The bull is French pure, people believe that this means the cattle won’t marble, however, this shows that even French pure cattle have the genetic potential to marble. We’ve always known Limousin’s to deliver tender meat, but to marble is a bonus,” said Kjeld Sorensen.
HML Garder will be marketed using the GeneSTAR® result, “People should stop and take notice,” said Mr Sorensen.
HML Garder is the sire of Talana Xclusive a five star GeneSTAR® bull owned by the Graham family of Kingaroy in Queensland.
“All of our cattle that have been tested are French Pure and we also have found a number of 3-star daughters from HML Garder,” said Mr Sorensen. GeneSTAR® technology is increasingly being used by stud breeders to identify animals which will pass on desirable production traits to their progeny.
Australian Limousin Breeders Society General Manager Alex McDonald said “The Limousin breed is continuing to benefit from the increasing genetic information such as BreedPlan and Docilty scores. GeneSTAR® results such as this from Tanholm will add positively to the mix.”
Genetic Solutions Marketing Manager Jason Strong said the uptake of GeneSTAR® technology was increasing “Breeders are now beginning to realise the commercial value of marketing their animals with these objective test results.”
For further information, contact Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions on 07 3633 3555 or Kjeld Sorenson on 07 46958529.
News Release November 3, 2004
SureTRAK® system ensures Meat quality control
Retailers using Meat Standards Australia (MSA) graded beef can have absolute confidence in the Traceability of their product.
“A DNA sample is taken from every beef carcase graded under MSA and stored to enable future traceability,” Cameron Dart, Meat Standards Australia.
MSA uses SureTRAK®, a system that takes advantage of DNA fingerprinting – the universally accepted, ultimate validation tool for identification. This ensures the complete traceability of meat through the production chain – from supermarket shelf or individual butcher to meat processing plants and up the supply chain to cattle farmers.
“SureTRAK® can accurately trace a carcass, primal cut, or meat product back to the source animal,” Dr Gerard Davis, Managing Director, Genetic Solutions.
SureTRAK® developed and marketed by Genetic Solutions, consists of simple, low-cost sample collection, the use of a secure archiving and storage system, and ‘state of the art’ DNA analysis. SureTRAK® has been in operation for the past four years, with almost two million samples currently archived. SureTRAK® uses an animal’s unique DNA profile to track identity from the packaged meat product back to the individual animal.
“During our audits of retail and food service members, a sample is taken and traced back to the animal of origin. This ensures product integrity whilst guarding against substitution,” said Mr Dart.
“In addition to MSA there is a growing number of retail brands in Australia committed to providing ultimate traceability for their product through DNA. These brands are using SureTRAK® as part of their production specification and are receiving positive feedback from consumers on the simple but valuable additional traceability tool,” Jason Strong, Sales and Marketing Manager, Genetic Solutions.
The system is used internationally including leading suppliers of Kosher beef in the USA. “Increasingly suppliers to both domestic and export markets, in particular Japan are acknowledging that they need to comply with verification systems that are consistent with leading global standards. SureTRAK® enables them to meet and exceed these standards,” Mr Strong said.
“Consumers, retailers and wholesalers (importers) want to be sure where their product is sourced from. With SureTRAK® we can provide a DNA-based guarantee,” Dr Davis said.
For further information, contact Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions on (07) 3633 3555 or 0418 658887.
News Release October 22, 2004
Five Star Limousin bull arouses interest
A black Limousin bull which boasts a five star genetic rating is on the market, arousing considerable interest in the seedstock sector.
Talana Xclusive achieved an outstanding three star tenderness and two star marbling
Results in GeneSTAR DNA tests performed by Brisbane company Genetic Solutions for owners the Graham family of Kingaroy in Queensland.
GeneSTAR technology is increasingly being used by stud breeders to identify animals which will pass on desirable production traits to their progeny.
The strong marbling score for Talana Xclusive, is considered exceptional for the Limousin breed which has a reputation for lean meat production.
Dean Graham said the family was delighted with the GeneSTAR result and planned to test more of their stud bulls.
The 20 month old bull by a Danish AI sire out of a black US bred cow is on the market because the stud is focused on breeding red Limousins.
Talana was established in 1993 and the stud will produce about 200 calves this year. It enjoys strong demand for bulls sold out of the paddock throughout eastern Australia.
Mr Graham said they were prompted to GeneSTAR test the bull Xclusive after scan results taken at the Brisbane Exhibition showed 13mm rib and 11mm rump fat readings. Limousins the same age typically record readings of just 4mm to 6mm.
“Limousins are known for their tenderness, but the high marbling score is very interesting and we are keen follow-up with some more tests,” Mr Graham said.
Australian Limousin Breeders Society General Manager Alex McDonald said the Society had a contract with Genetic Solutions for GeneSTAR testing as a service to members.
“It can provide useful information in addition to EBVs which are used by the vast majority of Limousin breeders,” Mr McDonald said.
“I believe gene marker results will be incorporated into EBVs in the not too distant future.”
Tenderness is an important trait for the Limousin breed and mathematical modelling is being done on an EBV for tenderness.
“I hope Limousins will be one of the first breeds in Australia to introduce it,” Mr McDonald said.
Genetic Solutions Marketing Manager Jason Strong said the uptake of GeneSTAR technology was increasing.
“Breeders are now beginning to realise the commercial value of marketing their animals with these objective test results.”
“In the case of the Graham family they have identified a Limousin bull with marbling credentials.”
“Information provided on the performance of cattle helps buyers in making sire selection decisions,” Mr Strong said.
For further information, contact Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions on 07 3633 3555.
News Release October 21, 2004
Bovine gene mapped, research following
BEEF research is set to accelerate now the bovine gene has been mapped. CSIRO Livestock Industries was a partner in the US$53 million project based in Texas, US, which released a draft of the bovine genome on the web last week to scientists around the world.
CSIRO Livestock Industries senior principal research scientist, Dr Ross Tellam, said the sequencing of the bovine genome would also help medical researchers interpret weak areas in the human genome, and develop better ways of treating and preventing disease.
The Hereford breed was used for the initial sequencing, and study of the Holstein, Angus, Jersey, Limousin, Norwegian Red and Brahman cattle breeds would track the genetic differences between the breeds to help find traits for better production, and to model human disease.
Genetic Solutions Managing Director, Gerard Davis, welcomed the map as a good base level of information. “It’s a significant step forward in the development of technology that can benefit the beef and dairy cattle industries,”
He said although it was fairly raw data at this stage, like mapping of the human genome it would open up study of complex inherited diseases.
The company has been at the pointy end of beef gene research, commercialising gene marker tests for tenderness and marbling.
Dr Davis said the gene sequences for those markers were already well characterised, but having the full bovine genome would speed up the international race to develop new tests.
“Instead of a single test every one, two or three years, this will mean at least two or three markers a year.”
“We had bits and pieces of the road, and now we have the entire map, and can move more quickly.”
So far the two gene markers used for tenderness can account for 30 per cent of the variation for that trait, and with the imminent addition of a second marbling marker the predictability on that trait will increase to a similar level.
Eventually they expect to find gene markers to account for 75 per cent of variation, but don’t yet know how many markers that will take – anywhere from four to 10 or more.
Genetic Solutions is providing 30,000 tests a year globally to about 4000 clients, half of which are in Australia.
The new marbling marker is expected to speed take-up from feedlots, as a cost-effective way to draft long-fed feeder steers according to predicted marbling performance before they go on feed.
News Release October 5, 2004
Presentation of the ATSE Young Science Ambassadors’ Awards by Minister Tony O’Grady; (L to R) Else Shepherd (Chairperson ATSE Queensland), Jay Hetzel (Genetic Solutions), Tony McGrady (Queensland State Development and Innovation Minister) and ATSE Young Science Ambassador award winners Nathan Langford, Jennifer Riesz, and Bradley Ladewig.
(Photograhed by Trine Barford Jensen)
Science Ambassadors meet Queensland Parliamentarians
Four PhD students from The University of Queensland (UQ) will this week receive recognition as Young Science Ambassadors from the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE).
The students will receive ATSE’s inaugural Young Science Ambassador Awards at Queensland Parliament House and will meet MP’s during Science In Parliament Day on October 6.
UQ Centre for Functional Nanomaterials director Professor Max Lu, who helped organise the award, said they would encourage young scientists to promote science and science education.
“To give them this award, it is recognition of their doing science and also recognition of their ability to promote science, in other words their ambassador skills,” Professor Lu said.
“These four are all top students with the outstanding academic and personal qualities needed for promoting science and engineering,” Professor Lu said.
Queensland State Development and Innovation Minister Tony McGrady will present the Young Science Ambassador Award to each of the UQ recipients.
Professor Lu said the Science Ambassadors were an important addition for science in Queensland, because university enrolments in science and engineering had been in decline.
“More science teachers in private and public schools will help address this problem,” Professor Lu said.
He said the key to reinvigorate interest in science was through being able to excite primary and secondary school students.
Professor Lu said the Science Ambassadors were the perfect way to do this because they had a strong academic record and the personal qualities to connect with young students.
The Science Ambassadors will visit at least 16 metropolitan and regional schools around Queensland to give presentations about their area of study.
The UQ awardees of the Young Science Ambassador awards are: Bradley Ladewig, Jennifer Riesz, Joel Gilmore and Nathan Langford.
Professor Lu thanked Theiss Pty Ltd and Genetic Solutions Pty Ltd for sponsoring the awards.
The awards will be presented by Queensland Division Chairman of ATSE, Else Shepherd AM.
News Release October 5, 2004
Droughtmasters embrace GeneSTAR testing
GeneSTAR testing is helping to enhance the reputation of Droughtmaster cattle in the eyes of commercial producers, the breed society President John Gardiner said this week.
“As a breed, Droughtmasters have been pro-active in the use of this technology which provides an objective measure of meat quality.”
GeneSTAR tests have been developed by pioneering Brisbane company Genetic Solutions and are now marketed around the world.
Mr Gardiner said buyers at major spring Droughtmaster sales were able to evaluate DNA test results on stud sires and sale bulls when making their selection.
“Some of the top price sale bulls this season have been GeneSTAR tested and this additional information has been well received,” said Mr Gardner who lives in Western Australia where he operates the Sunnyvale Stud at Gidgegannup.
He has just returned from attending key auctions in Queensland including the breed’s national sale in Rockhampton which was extremely successful.
“In a couple of weeks, we’ve seen more than 1200 bulls average just under $6000 which is a very pleasing result.”
The Perry family sold the GeneSTAR tested bull Strathfield Celesto for $70,000 in Rockhampton.
A three star bull, Billabong Mambo, topped the catalogue at the Hicks family’s annual Billabong stud sale.
“The Droughtmaster breed is building a very good profile and there is a lot of enthusiasm for adopting scientific technology such as GeneSTAR,” Mr Gardner said.
“It adds to the marketability of our cattle if they have desirable carcase traits such as marbling and tenderness.”
In his own stud, Mr Gardner has been delighted that three main sires returned the maximum two star ranking using the one-gene GeneSTAR Tenderness test.
“The results we are getting prove that Bos Indicus content is no barrier to producing quality cattle.”
To provide further objective information on the performance of Droughtmaster cattle, Mr Gardner said a major feedlot trial was being planned for early next year.
“We’ve got a number of producers keen to supply decks of steers for evaluation under commercial feedlot conditions. The statistics we collect will be extremely valuable,” Mr Gardner said.
Genetic Solutions Marketing Manager Jason Strong said the competitive advantage being enjoyed by leading producers would see an increased up-take of the DNA technology.
“Buyers have signalled that they appreciate additional genetic information being available on the bloodlines of sale bulls. Bulls with desirable carcase traits are going to pass these on through commercial herds.
Mr Strong said Droughtmasters has been one of the leading adopters of GeneSTAR testing and it was pleasing to see their initiative being rewarded.
For more information, contact Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions
on 07 3633 3555 or 0418 658887.
News Release September 15, 2004
GeneSTAR tender bull tops Billabong sale
Billabong Mambo sold for $28,000 Tenderness2 – 3 STAR
A quality bull with a three star rating for genetic tenderness topped the annual Billabong Droughtmaster sale at Moura yesterday, selling for $28,000.
The Hicks family were delighted with the result which Catherine Hicks said vindicated their decision to test the entire sale draft of 119 sale bulls for GeneSTAR tenderness.
The sale achieved a 100 percent clearance at an average $5700 with the top-priced Billabong Mambo selling to David Salter of Glenmorgan.
The fourth generation stud based on breed foundation bloodlines is operated by Ray and Moya Hicks and their son John and his wife Catherine.
Buyers attended the sale from all over Queensland and the Northern Territory.
“The GeneSTAR tenderness tests generated a lot of interest and inquiry and some buyers came to the sale because of them,” Catherine Hicks said.
The star ratings for each sale bull were posted on the stud’s website and published in the sale catalogue.
Mrs Hicks said buyers welcomed the presentation of additional material such as GeneSTAR test results and EBV’s.
“The tests for beef tenderness and marbling are another selection tool and we are pretty enthusiastic about the technology and plan to use it again for our sale draft next year.”
Herd sires at Billabong have been extensively screened for tenderness using the test developed and marketed by Brisbane company Genetic Solutions.
“We’ve selected a couple of three star rating bulls for our own use and this year we plan to start testing heifers,” Mrs Hicks said.
Genetic Solutions Marketing Manager Jason Strong said the Droughtmaster breed had been an enthusiastic adopter of GeneSTAR.
“Billabong had a great result and we expect to see a rapid uptake of the technology as the commercial benefits are realised,” Mr Strong said.
For further information, contact Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions
on 3633 3555 or 0418 658887.
News Release September 8, 2004
Palgrove Charolais Adopt GeneSTAR technology
A top Australian Charolais Stud is using leading edge GeneSTAR technology to help build valuable beef consumer traits into its bloodlines.
Palgrove Charolais Stud at Dalveen, north of Stanthorpe, has forged a formidable reputation in the showring which is reflected in breed record sale prices.
Stud principals David and Prue Bondfield were among the early users of the GeneSTAR Marbling test when it was first launched commercially by Brisbane company Genetic Solutions.
A high fat marbling score is well regarded by cattle feedlots preparing animals for premium Asian export beef markets.
Over the past 12 months, the Bondfields have also incorporated the latest GeneSTAR Tenderness test into their genetic evaluation program.
Palgrove Charolais has been one of the first studs to incorporate gene test results into their bull sale catalogue.
The stud’s 20th annual on-property sale last month achieved spectacular results, being the first for the Charolais breed to gross more than $1 million.
A dozen young sale bulls already used in the Palgrove herd had their GeneSTAR test results published for the benefit of potential buyers.
“The additional factual information we presented on a selection our sale bulls was well received by our buyers and we will be testing more in the future.”
“All stud sires are now tested as a matter of course allowing us to build up a database on the marbling and tenderness performance of our bloodlines,” David Bondfield said.
“The DNA test results have been very pleasing, providing objective confirmation of the direction of our breeding program at Palgrove.”
The stud has a large herd of 1200 cows joined each season and uses a selection of yearling bulls which have calves dropping as they are sold as proven two year olds.
“DNA testing is part of our program to make steady genetic improvement. It’s another selection tool to help produce cattle that will be in market demand,” Mr Bondfield said.
Genetic Solutions Marketing Manager Jason Strong said astute cattle breeders like the Bondfields were leading by example.
“GeneSTAR testing will make a real difference to lifting the quality of beef for consumers as more and more studs adopt the technology,” Mr Strong said.
For further information, contact Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions on 3633 3555 or 0418 658887.
News Release September 6, 2004
DNA technology now part of the beef industry
DNA technology is now firmly established as an integral part of the beef industry according to the Sales and Marketing Manager of Genetic Solutions, Mr Jason Strong.
It will have applications across different sectors of the industry into the future and help guarantee consumers safe, consistent quality meat.
Mr Strong presented an update on the development work of the pioneering Brisbane company at a series of Beef Genetics Horizons seminars which concluded in Rockhampton last week.
He said the company’s GeneSTAR, SireTRACE and SureTRAK technology was now being widely used in both the beef seedstock and production sectors in Australia and around the world.
Stud breeders were using SireTRACE to verify parentage and identify top performing sires with data contributing to breed genetic evaluation.
With a strong trend towards the marketing of premium priced branded beef, SureTRAK had a role to play in guaranteeing product integrity, offering traceability through the supply chain. More than 1.7 million DNA samples had now been archived.
Mr Strong said there was widespread producer uptake of GeneSTAR diagnostic tests for the desirable meat traits of marbling and tenderness.
Research showed the marbling test would have an important application to maximise returns in the feedlot sector, particularly long term feeding for the premium Japanese market.
A two-gene test for beef tenderness was now on the market and further diagnostic tests for a range of other production traits were in the pipeline, Mr Strong said.
For further information, contact Jason Strong on 07 3633 3555 or
News Release August 23, 2004
Smart Award for cattle ID technology
Dr Gerard Davis (Genetic Solutions), Dr Jay Hetzel (Genetic Solutions) and Mr Pat Gunston (Allflex Australia)
World leading technology in secure animal identification has been recognised at the 2004 Premier of Queensland Smart Awards.
The Allflex DNA Tag is a joint venture development between leading livestock management company Allflex and Brisbane biotechnology company Genetic Solutions.
The tags which are produced at the new Allflex state-of-the art facility on Brisbane’s bayside, made their market debut 12 months ago.
They offer cattle producers fast, accurate animal identification combining a permanent visual and or electronic ear tag with a DNA sample collector. The tags and the DNA sample collector are all pre-printed with a unique code which matches them together, ready for use.
At the time when the tag is inserted, a sample of tail hair follicles is collected for dispatch to the Genetic Solutions laboratory.
A computer database at Genetic Solutions links the animal in the field with the archived DNA sample which can be used at any time for genetic testing or identification purposes.
Allflex Australasia Chief Executive Officer Michael Connole said it was pleasing that the innovative product was a Smart Award finalist in the Agribusiness category this year.
“The DNA tag is a big step forward in quickly tracing individual animals which will be so important in the event of an exotic disease outbreak.
“Importantly from a commercial perspective, clients can also utilise genetic testing offered by Genetic Solutions such as Marbling and Tenderness as well as services such as Siretrace.
“The product offers a complete ID solution and is gaining acceptance in both the Australian and New Zealand markets,” Mr Connole said.
Genetic Solutions Managing Director Gerard Davis said security was a feature of the DNA Tag with the pre-printed codes eliminating the possibility of human transcription error and providing extra reassurance for suppliers to Japan and Korea.
“Our unique tamperproof DNA collection device is patented in Australia and New Zealand and we have also applied for international patents,” Dr Davis said.
Caption for attached photo:
Receiving the 2004 Smart Award citation are Genetic Solutions Directors Gerard Davis and Jay Hetzel, with Allflex Market Development Manager Pat Gunston.
For further information contact
Michael Connole at Allflex on 07 3245 9100 or 0402 892 770.
Gerard Davis at Genetic Solutions on 3633 3555 or 0413 049 478.
News Release 22nd July 2004
DNA technology the future for beef
Mr Bill Cornell (ABS Australia)
DNA technology which helps pinpoint valuable traits in cattle is vital to the future of the beef industry, according to a beef breeding specialist Bill Cornell.
“There are big dollars to be made by breeding more productive beef animals and DNA testing can help get the selection process off to a flying start.”
“The technology is still in its infancy but I have no doubt it will have a major influence when it comes to breeding superior beef cattle.”
Mr Cornell has been an influential early adopter of DNA testing as Australian Beef Product Manager for ABS, the largest beef artificial breeding company in the world.
He has been involved with beef genetics since starting with the family Angus operation in South Australia more than 30 years ago and now operates St Pauls Angus Stud at Henty in southern NSW.
All the beef AI sires used by ABS Australia are evaluated using the GeneSTAR tests for beef marbling and tenderness.
The pioneering technology developed by Australian researchers has been commercialised and marketed globally by Brisbane company Genetic Solutions.
ABS Australia distributes beef semen from leading Australian and overseas sires with a focus on Angus cattle reflecting the breed’s high use of artificial breeding.
The company is currently marketing semen from seven high performance Australian Angus sires as well as other Australian beef cattle and overseas imports.
“We are keen to use every genetic test as it becomes available. The Angus breed already has a huge performance database, but the more objective information that is available to producers the better,” Mr Cornell said.
GeneSTAR marbling and tenderness tests provided valuable additional information to help improve beef herds.
Marbling, or the distribution of fat through the muscle, is particularly important for producers aiming cattle at the high value lot feeding market.
Identifying genes which influence beef tenderness is a key step towards guaranteeing consumers good eating quality beef.
Mr Cornell said he used the GeneSTAR tests on sires and selected females in his own herd improvement program . St Pauls stud produces about 200 Angus calves a year with bulls selling from South Australia through Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland.
“DNA testing will become much more common in the future as researchers discover valuable new applications. Animals we have had tested have their DNA samples stored to take advantage of the developing technology,” Mr Cornell said.
For further information
Contract Bill Cornell on 02 6929 3498 or 0428 293498 or
Jason Strong at Genetic Solutions on 07 3633 3503 or 0418 658 887.
Press Release 14th June 2004
Europeans to enjoy the taste of tender beef
European consumers will soon be enjoying the taste of tender beef thanks to unique Australian gene technology.
GeneSTAR tests to improve beef eating quality will be widely available to cattle producers in continental Europe under a new agreement.
Brisbane company Genetic Solutions has completed a deal to distribute its DNA diagnostic products through Veto-Pharma, a subsidiary of Arysta Life Sciences (Europe).
Farmers in key European countries including, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and Italy, will now be able to improve their herds using DNA marker technology.
The new European arrangement follows a breakthrough licensing agreement signed earlier this year for the major Americas markets and further extends the global reach of Genetic Solutions.
Genetic Solutions Managing Director Dr Gerard Davis said the latest international partnership was further recognition of Australia’s pioneering role in beef cattle genetic science.
Dr Davis said Veto-Pharma was a specialist manufacturer and marketer of veterinary pharmaceuticals in Europe and its parent company has invested in the development of DNA marker technology for the dairy industry.
The GeneSTAR DNA tests for beef marbling and tenderness will complement the company’s range of products marketed to beef producers.
Dr Davis said the agreement covered distribution and collection of DNA sample collection kits with DNA analysis to be carried out at the Genetic Solutions laboratory in Brisbane.
Veto-Pharma will be targeting major European cattle breeds including Charolais, Limousin and Simmental.
“We expect our DNA testing volume to increase rapidly as a result of Veto-Pharma’s expertise in the European market.”
“The company believes there is an increasing market for DNA tests as meat quality is becoming more of an issue with European beef consumers,” Dr Davis said.
Genetic Solutions has developed the diagnostic tests for desirable beef eating qualities building on world-leading research by CSIRO, the Cooperative Research Centre for Cattle and Beef Quality and Meat and Livestock Australia.
Thousands of cattle from more than ten countries have been GeneSTAR tested and revenues from tests already exceed $2 million.
Genetic Solutions is also a leader in DNA animal identification and tracking of meat at every stage of the production and distribution chains.
For further information, contact Gerard Davis, Genetic Solutions, on
07 3633 3555 or 0413 049 478.
Press Release 5th April 2004
Genetic Solutions’ global push into the Americas
Genetic Solutions, a pioneering Brisbane biotechnology company, is poised to stamp its global influence on the world’s largest beef markets.
The company announced today that it had signed an agreement with United States-based Bovigen Solutions.
Bovigen will manufacture and market Genetic Solutions’ DNA marker technology in the Americas, including the GeneSTAR marbling and tenderness tests.
Bovigen will initially focus on the U.S. and Canadian beef industries, and then extend to emerging beef giants Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. These combined markets represent more than 400 million cattle.
“This international partnership is a giant step for us,” said Dr. Gerard Davis, Managing Director for Genetic Solutions. “Our expansion into these major markets will increase dramatically through Bovigen’s marketing expertise and resources.”
Bovigen Solutions Chief Executive Officer Victor Castellon said the agreement was important to his company. “We now have licenses for more validated gene markers than any other company in the Americas,” he said.
Building upon world-leading research by CSIRO, the Cooperative Research Centre for Cattle and Beef Quality and Meat and Livestock Australia, Genetic Solutions developed the globally leading GeneSTAR diagnostic tests which enhance high quality beef production.
Thousands of cattle from more than ten countries have been GeneSTAR tested and revenues from tests already exceed $2 million.
Genetic Solutions is also a leader in DNA animal identification and tracking of meat at every stage of the production and distribution chains.
Under the agreement, Bovigen will also offer these services in the Americas, and will take over testing facilities established by Genetic Solutions in the United States in 2002.
In addition, marker technology commercialised by Bovigen will be offered to Genetic Solutions for marketing to the Australian beef cattle industry.
“The agreement with Bovigen will allow Genetic Solutions to focus its energies in other areas, including accelerated delivery of the technology to the Australian industry, ” said Dr. Davis.
“We will devote resources to driving market expansion in other parts of the world, particularly in Asia and Europe. And, we will focus more on developing new DNA diagnostic products, which we will also market in the Americas through Bovigen.”
Mr Castellon said progressive US cattle producers were already realising the benefits of this kind of technology, and there was enormous market potential in the Americas.
“Genetic Solutions is a world leader in the emerging field of DNA technology and we look forward to an ongoing partnership with this innovative company,” Mr Castellon said.
For further information, contact Dr. Gerard Davis, Genetic Solutions, on
07 3633 3501 or 0413 049 478.