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Genex Offers Pregnancy Tests for Sheep and Goats

SHAWANO, Wis. - The DG29™ pregnancy diagnosis test is available from Genex Cooperative, Inc. for use by sheep and goat producers. DG29, developed by Conception Animal Reproduction Technologies of Quebec, is an easy-to-use blood pregnancy test where blood samples are drawn on the farm or ranch, forwarded to a certified laboratory, and pregnancy diagnosis results are returned to the farm quickly and accurately.

The test analysis, conducted at AgSource Laboratories in Menomonie, Wis., utilizes ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) technology to detect a specific pregnancy-related protein within the animal's blood sample. Based on the presence or lack of presence of the pregnancy-related protein, positive (pregnant) or negative (open) results are reported.

For best results, the DG29 test should be conducted on sheep or goats 35 days or more post breeding. Sheep and goats must also be at least 70 days post lambing/kidding before blood samples are collected.

Genex offers two DG29 pregnancy test purchasing options - the complete test kit or individual kit items. The complete kit includes the blood tubes, disposable needles, needle holder, hazardous material shipping containers and the test analysis.

The DG29 test kits and kit items can be purchased by contacting your local Genex representative. They may also be purchased by contacting Genex customer service at 888-333-1783 or ordering online through the Genex Profit Shop.

CRI, a member-owned holding cooperative, is comprised of two subsidiaries: AgSource Cooperative Services and Genex Cooperative, Inc. The CRI mission statement summarizes the goal of CRI: "To provide products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers worldwide while maintaining a strong cooperative."