By genomically testing your heifers and cows on the NTM scale with GenVik from VikingGenetics, you will receive the world’s best and most reliable evaluation for health and fertility traits!

GenVik, a genomic test of your females on the NTM scale, is an advanced tool for you to use to ensure that you focus on the right females as parents to the next generation. Genomic breeding values have higher reliabilities than pedigree index, and to be successful in the genetic progress of your herd the best tool to use is genomic selection. The NTM Index ensures a balanced breeding between production and health, and the Nordic countries have a long tradition of breeding for health traits.
Using genomic selection on your females together with X-Vik sexed semen on your top heifers, will ensure you the highest possible progress of your herd. For the lower ranked females, you can use conventional semen and beef semen. 

For more information, please contact your distributor.

How to order?

Get the world's best and most reliable evaluation on health and fertility traits! Now you can test your heifers and cows in the Nordic system (Nordic Total Merit, NTM). You will receive information on all traits included in the NTM Index.

Ordering at R2VuVmlrQHZpa2luZ2dlbmV0aWNzLmNvbQ== and you will receive information 
about what to do and where to send samples.

The price for the test per female is:
40 euro if you send genotypes and pedigree information 
45 euro (including sampling kit) if you send DNA and pedigree information 

Indices will be updated every month for three years 

Large scale genomic testing is now economically feasible in many herds 

Large scale genomic testing is a beneficial management tool in many herds. The idea is to improve the selection of the females used to breed the next generation of heifer calves due to more reliable breeding values. Combined with intensive use of sexed semen and beef semen this results in increased profit. 

The keyword in using genomic test as a management tool is to increase the genetic level in the herd. This is done by selecting the genetically superior females as dams of the next generation of heifer calves. Without genomic breeding values this is done on the basis of pedigree indices – with lower reliabilities. Information from genomic tests will increase the accuracy of the breeding values of the females. This enables a more precise selection of the best females.
If all females (no selection) are used to produce the next generation of heifer calves, the benefits of doing genomic tests are lost. Therefore a prerequisite for having an economic benefit of large scale genomic testing is intensive use of sexed semen and beef semen combined with a high, reproductive efficiency, low calf mortality and low replacement rate in the herd. In this situation only the top females are used as parents.  
Practical example – mating plan
In practice you can achieve extra profit from using genomic tests as a management tool in different ways. One way is to use sexed semen on heifers with the highest NTM. The rest of the heifers can then be served with conventional semen. Dependent on the use of sexed semen for heifers and level of reproduction efficiency, replacement rate etc. some of the cows with the lowest NTM can be served with beef semen. The cows with the highest NTM are inseminated with sexed semen or conventional semen.