Species We DNA Test:

How to take DNA Samples

Submit Samples

For specific sampling instructions please click on the sample types below to see our guides. It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure all samples meet the requirements of Genomnz.

Ensure that enough information is written on all samples so that they can be related back to the animal information on your submission form.

Samples are often destroyed during the extraction process and Genomnz will only store the DNA from samples until testing is complete after which time it may be destroyed. If you require samples/DNA stored for use in the future please ensure that you contact Genomnz to talk through your requirements.

If you require any further information about sample types or sampling procedures please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Ear Punch Samples

    Genomnz is moving to ear tissue punch sampling as the primary method for all testing. Currently the only provider of a suitable ear tissue sample collector is Allflex but it is likely that there will be other suitable products in the near future. The Allflex product is called a TSU (tissue sampling unit) and can …

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  • Hair Samples

    Hair samples are commonly used for goat, cattle, deer, and horse. Hair is our standard method of sample collection for deer. The sample of approximately 20-40 hairs need to be pulled from the rump (deer), tail switch (cattle), or mane.

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  • easiTraceTM Samplers

    easiTraceā„¢ samplers can be used for sheep, cattle, alpaca, and goat. They are good to use for animals that are too young to pull hair from or if the hair is too fine. All that is required is a drop of blood blotted onto a piece of filter paper. The paper contains preservatives that allow the samples to be stored at room temperature.

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  • Semen Samples

    Semen samples can be submitted for any species. Semen is the recommended sample type for cattle sires. Semen samples can be sent by courier or ordinary post, it is not necessary to keep them frozen in transit.

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  • Aquaculture Samples

    Finfish or shellfish samples such as fin clips, tentacles or foot scrapes are all accepted by Genomnz. Please be careful to try and avoid contamination when collecting the samples by wiping sampling equipment with ethanol between each sample.

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  • Blood Tubes

    Blood can only be submitted in purple (EDTA) or green top (Heparin) tubes and after collecting each sample it is essential to gently invert (turn upside down) the tubes to prevent clotting.

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  • Tissue Samples

    Tissue samples sourced from the skin, meat or ear are usually the best method for sampling a deceased animal. Please make sure to collect a tissue sample that is not decomposing at the time of collection.

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