Breeding and genetics firm Hybrid Turkeys has started using genomic selection – the sequencing and analysis of DNA – in its turkey breeding programme.
The firm has worked with Hendrix Genetics, which has been using genomic selection in the pig and layer breeding programs for several years.
Genomics is the sequencing and analysis of an organism’s genome (DNA). By analysing phenotypes, which are observable traits that can be seen and measured, such as body weight, companies working in the field can make more accurate selections of desirable traits and see them improve at a faster rate.
The two genetics firms have been working together on the project since 2015. Hybrid Turkeys said it was committed to investing in sustainable ways to enhance turkey genetics.