|At SEK Genetics, we are proud to offer producers the newest technologies that are available to help them better manage their cow herds, avoid disease conditions and make their herd more efficient and profitable.
Mondays: BVD testing
Tuesdays: Johnes, and Biopryn testing
Wednesdays: Biopryn testing
Thursdays: BLV, and Biopryn testing
Fridays: Neospora testing
• Schedule will change due to holidays and staffing.
• Samples need to be in house by 9:00 am except for Biopryn which is needed by 2:30 pm. Biopryn is read out the next day with results out about 1:00 pm.
• Our mail arrives after 11:30 am so please have samples due to arrive the previous day to assure timely results.
• Lack of paperwork or payment with samples may delay results.
• Do not freeze blood but do refrigerate until shipping.
|Special Note: A Testing Form is required on all submitted samples to SEK.
A handling fee of $ .25 per tube will be added for samples without a submission form listing animal ID’s.
|PLEASE SELECT: BioPRYN Pregnancy • BVD-PI • Neospora • Johne's • BLV • Genetic Defect|
|BioPRYN Pregnancy Testing|
|Price per test
• Bovine: $2.60
• Bison: $5.00
• Goat and Sheep: $6.50
Test is run off whole blood or serum. Order Supplies Here.
Run Tuesday – Thursday with results ready on the next next day after 1 p.m.
*Subject to change due to Holidays, weather and unforeseen circumstances.
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What is bioPRYN?BioPRYN is a preferred means of pregnancy detection in cattle.
Over 97% Accurate PREGNANT COWS: 95% correctly designated. False positive tests occur due to early embryonic death. Even though the embryo has died, some
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|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS|
Ear notch is preferred but can use whole blood or serum
Is BVD virus a problem for your cow herd?
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVD) is one of the most costly diseases in cattle worldwide, with a variety of syndromes. What’s worst, the virus is very common, very contagious, and very few herds have not been exposed to the virus at one time or another. On the plus side, the infection is usually mild, with high morbidity (lots of cattle get infected) but low mortality (not many deaths due to BVD virus).
Cow-calf operations are especially at risk from BVD virus because if cows are infected during pregnancy, embryonic death or abortion, birth of undersized, weak calves, or calves with congenital (persistent) infections can result.
Cows that are infected with a case of BVD seldom appear sick. While clinically unapparent in the dam, the effect on the fetus the cow is carrying varies with the strain of the virus and the age of the fetus. Abortion or mummification, may occur following infection in early to mid-gestation. Even worse, apparently normal calves may be born that are congenitally, or persistently, infected with the BVD virus. The calves are dangerous and continuous sources of BVD virus for the entire herd every day of their life. Older fetuses with developed immune systems that are exposed to the virus in late gestation (>150 days) may respond the infection and produce antibodies that defeat the infection with no long term adverse effects.
|Neospora Infection Testing|
$4.50/ sample. Test is run off whole blood or serum.
Neosporosis is a fairly recently recognized coccidian parasite that is a major cause of abortion in cattle. One of the biggest problems with Neospora is that apparently healthy cows may have a chronic, lifelong infection, and this infection makes the cow several times more likely to abort a pregnancy. Just as important, cows that are infected will very likely pass the infection on to their calves, and the calves will be infected from birth.
While not all cows chronically infected with Neosporosis will abort, they are, according to research, at a 3 to 7 times greater risk of abortion than Neospora negative, non-infected herdmates. Those Neospora positive cows that do not abort have a high probability (80 to 90%) of producing calves that are congenitally infected with Neospora.
|Johne's Disease Testing|
(Pronounced “Yo-nees”) $4.50/ sample. Test is ran off of whole blood or serum.
Johne’s disease is caused by Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, a hardy bacterium that embeds itself in the wall of the lower part of the small intestine known as the ileum. As an immune response, infected tissues attempt to regenerate healthy tissue which leads to visible thickening of the intestines. This prevents nutrient absorption, resulting in weight loss. Late in the infection, antibody production by the animal can be found in serum of animals and is an indicator that clinical signs of disease and death from the infection will soon follow.
|BLV - Bovine Leukosis VirusTesting|
$6.50 for less than 10. $4.50 for 10 or more. Test is ran off of whole blood or serum.
Bovine leukosis is a cancerous disease caused by Bovine Leukosis Virus (BLV). This is a retrovirus that infects beef and dairy cattle, targeting lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These cells are part of the immune system. Infection with the virus most often does not cause any clinical signs, however, about 30% of the infected animals develop a lymphocytosis, or abnormal increase in lymphocytes in the blood. This is sometimes referred to as “leukemia” although it is different from most forms of human leukemia.
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|Genetic Defect Testing|
|Now offering testing for AM, NH, CA, TH, PHA, DD, ds and Color coat (homozygous)
Test is ran off whole blood on card, hair follicles on a hair card, or semen. Hair will not be accepted unless on a hair card.
Please allow 21/2 weeks for results.
*Results can be reported to the Association if all information including membership # is included.
Submission form and payment is required for all testing.
Price: AM, NH, and CA = $24 each. Two test combo $45, Three test combo $58
TH & PHA = $26 each
DD = $30
Color Coat = $24
AM-Arthrogryposis Multiplex *Also known as Curly Calf Syndrome
NH-Neuropathic Hydrocephalus *Also known as Water Head
CA- Contractural Arachnodactyly *Also known as Fawn Calf Syndrome
TH- Tibial Hemimelia
PHA- Pulmonary Hypoplasia
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Instructions for Hair Sample Collection from Cattle
|FREQUENTLY ASKED Genetic Defect QUESTIONS
|Thank you for your interest in SEK Genetics Testing Services. We are always here to help educate our clients in the health of their herd. Please contact us today if you have any questions.|