Two new genomic pilot projects to advance the delivery of DNA-based breeding tools have been announced at LambEx today [June 28] by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC). LambEx 2012 brings together producers, processors researchers, wholesalers, exporters and key service providers, in a celebration of all things lamb at the Bendigo Showgrounds. Speaking at a CRC Breakfast Forum, Genomics – sheep breeding’s holy grail, which opened the official LambEx program, CRC Chief Executive James Rowe told the crowd of nearly 400 that the new pilot projects would pave the way for the commercialisation of new DNA tests for breeding traits, horned/polled, and parentage. “The Sheep CRC is developing two new Genomics Pilot Projects, the first offering participants a new parentage test that will also provide prediction of horn-poll, while the second will be a genotyping test for a broad range of traits in young sires,” Prof. Rowe said. “The parentage test is anticipated to be more accurate than existing tests based on microsatellite technology and importantly, the results will be transportable as new products for genotyping are developed.