Genomics & DNA

Today’s science allows for precise, accurate DNA tests that have the potential to reshape herd genetics.


ABBA offers genomic testing outside of parent verification. Genotypes are highly recommended on any animal, and may be required for animals in an A.I./ET program over the course of the next 5 years.

For the year of 2023, the ABBA is offering a discounted price of $30 on the HD50K (Zoetis) and the GGP Bovine 100K (NEOGEN).
For more information on these products, please review the ABBA DNA FAQ and view the links below.

Or of course, contact us at the ABBA office or at

Genomic enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) use results from a genomic test (genotype) in addition to pedigree, performance and progeny data that is already used, to increase the accuracy and reliability of an animal’s EPDs. While there is slight variability from breed to breed and trait to trait, a GE-EPD on an unproven bull has roughly the same level of accuracy as if that bull has already sired his first calf crop. Only animals that are genotyped will receive GE-EPDs.

5 Year DNA Plan – 2023 to 2028

The ABBA board of directors approved a 5 year DNA / genomics plan to elevate our parent verification platform to SNP technology, to offer genomic-enhanced EPDs to commercial and seedstock breeders using Brahman genetics, and to transition to Whole Herd Enrollment by January 1, 2028.

This transition also gives us the opportunity to provide more accuracy and reliability in our EPD figures.

Our goal is to serve all our ABBA members and Brahman breeders. We welcome any questions so that we can help advise you on the best plan for your operation. For more information contact

Our parent verification services will continue during this transition, with all new samples being on an SNP analysis.

ABBA DNA Service Providers

ABBA members can utilize these two providers for DNA services.

Parent Verification

There is a convenient 3-step process to start DNA parent verification.  

Step 1: Order a test kit from the ABBA office. You will need to provide the  registration numbers of the animals to be tested. The office will send you the test kit and order form to be submitted to the lab in Step 2. 

Step 2: Collect the DNA samples. You can collect a blood sample, hair sample, or tissue sample.

Step 3: Download and complete the form, and submit the form to the lab of your choice. Once the results are received, they will be attached to the animal’s account, forwarded to you and you will receive an invoice.

For questions on parent verifications contact the ABBA office or email

Educational Videos

How to Collect a Proper DNA Hair Sample