Rawlings Grand Design
Rawlings Lady Gaga
Rawlings Groovy Blues Beat
Kirup Park Dimity
Kirup Park Glory Days
Kirup Park Hebe's Honour
Kirup Park Heir Apparent
These animals are all homozygous polled
Rawlings High Hope
Kirup Park Harmonee
These animals are heterozygous polled
What a result!! I never expected that we would have 8 out of the 12 homozygous, I thought 50% would have been closer to the mark, so this is quite a surprise.
Now that we know the status of our animals, the next stage should be a lot easier. We will continue to test the calves from our heterozygous polled females to ascertain their polled status and should make substantial leaps forward in our quest to have an entirely polled herd.
These results also give us four homozygous polled bulls, that guarantees their progeny will be polled. Along with the use of the homozygous polled semen from the US that will add some diversity of genetics, we are very excited about the future of polled Dexters. With the bulls all being homozygous polled we will also only ever be one generation away from adding polling back into any horned cattle we purchase. The same goes for our females who are homozygous, we now have the option to add different horned genetics without compromising polling.
As always structural correctness will always remain our number one priority, but we find ourselves in a very enviable position of knowing polling is one generation away.
I am extremely impressed with UC Davis and the service they provide, the samples were sent the day I left to come to WA and the results are back within two weeks, including postage time this is very professional.
The future is looking very positive!!!