Harness the power of genetics with AgBoost®

AgBoost® is changing the industry

AgBoost® puts you in control



  • Select the best animals to breed
  • Cull your animals precisely/faster
  • Visually see genetic results
  • Market your animals online
  • Forecast/predict herd performance
  • Increase profits and reduce overhead
  • Access your data from anywhere
  • Connect with buyers quickly online
  • Constantly improve your herd
  • Breeding Suggestions
  • Online Animal Transactions
  • Valuation And Forecasting
  • Select the best replacement heifer
  • Rank your animals by genetic results
  • Put your data in the cloud
  • Connect with buyers quickly online


Features


Genetic Profiles and Assessment

Our simple user interface and profiling process will bring genetics to livestock farms of all sizes.


Breeding Suggestions

Use genetic profiles to pick optimal breeding pairs. Explore safe linebreeding practices. Improve your breeding through accurate information.


Valuation and Forecasting

Assess the value of your animals. Learn when to sell offspring based on genetic traits. Estimate the optimal time to keep your animals.


Lineage Tracking

Lineage tracking through DNA testing for accurate results. Track and increase the number of superior traits in your herd.


Nutritional Recommendation

Use knowledge to improve the diet for your herd. Ensure your animals are receiving the nutrients they need most based on their genetic traits.

It's Simple

Once you sign up on the site and input your animals, you will get test kits in the mail. Collect hair samples and drop them in the mail in the prepaid box. In a couple of weeks you can log onto AgBoost and see the genetic results and projections.

Then track the data through the life of the animal.


“Agric's goal is to revolutionize the livestock industry by enhancing the quality and safety of food production. Improving the quality of our food means better health for us, and our future generations.”

-Sean Akadiri, President & CEO

Technology

AgBoost brings the very latest technology from experts in the industry right to your fingertips on any device. AgBoost is a necessary asset to your ranch. We are constantly working on ways to revolutionize the industry.


AgBoost is changing the industry, will you be left behind?

Information

What's the key to humanity? Information. AgBoost leverages global information to improve your ranch and provide a better product for the consumer. AgBoost gives you the critical information you need to make optimal decisions.






Agric-Bioformatics, LLC is a technology company designed for the livestock industry. Our goal is to analyze, manage and improve performance and genomics data. Our cloud based Platform AgBoost® will process and streamline data for selective breeding, health, market value and nutrition management. We aim to provide livestock producers an affordable, easy-to- use tool that allows for better access to, and understanding of, genomic information. Agric- Bioformatics will revolutionize the industry by determining market value of herd from an early age; providing for better breeding, enhanced nutrition management, and organization of health records. Our integrative approach will deliver stronger market decisions.


Our Team



Sean Akadiri, MBA
President & CEO
Sean Akadiri is an entrepreneur passionate about using bioinformatics and genetics to improve the performance and productivity of livestock farming. His goal is to revolutionize the livestock industry through development of an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform for both small and large livestock producers.

Edward Flick
Software Engineer
Edward Flick is an ambitious software engineer and technologist who has a zeal for his craft. In 1987, he learned to program at the age of 7 after receiving his first computer, an original IBM PC. Edward has programmed professionally since the age of 15, but still found time to obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma and to contribute to various open source and personal projects. He strives to develop the highest quality software platforms possible with the newest technologies.

Chad Williamson
Software Engineer
Chad Williamson is a software engineer who started programming at the age of 12. He has worked in numerous industries over the years striving to always provide modern, cutting edge software and web solutions. He came on board with Agric-Bioformatics early on to help launch this innovative platform. Chad shares Sean's vision to bring technology into agriculture for the betterment of our species.

Riley W. Mulinix, Esq.
Legal Counsel
Mr. Mulinix practices law at Mulinix, Edwards, Rosell & Goerke, PLLC. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in May 2011. Mr. Mulinix's legal practice entails Civil/Business Litigation, Business Law and Expungements. He has served as Legal Counsel for Agric-Bioformatics since its inception and looks forward to helping the business grow and continue to succeed.

Chris J.F. Crotts, CPA
CFO
Chris J. F. Crotts graduated from the University of Oklahoma (1999) with a degree in Accounting and Marketing and began working for Lohrey & Associates in Tulsa, OK. In July 2007, Chris returned to Oklahoma City to establish his own firm, Crotts Lohrey & Associates, PLLC. He has experience in various industries, emphasizing in real estate, construction, oil & gas, and manufacturing. In addition, Chris is a member of the AICPA and the OSCPA and is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.




Scientific Advisory Board





Dr. Todd Scheetz
Associate Professor and Researcher
The University of Iowa


Dr. Clinton Krehbiel
Regents Professor of Animal Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Dr. John Crowley
Research Associate
University of Alberta


Dr. James Reecy
Professor of Animal Science
Iowa State University


M.S. Brian Freking
Extension Educator
Oklahoma State University




AgBoost® Frequently Asked Questions


  • What are the benefits of using livestock genomics on my herd? Use of scientific information about the genetic merit and superiority of individual animals and herds of animals in livestock production can optimize and/or increase the commercial value of the livestock. Genetic information may provide guidance as to how producers feed their livestock (i.e., nutrigenomics), breed their livestock, valuate individual animals, forecast the value of a herd, and maintain high-quality animal lineages through parentage and/or lineage traceability.


  • How does AgBoost® perform genetic analysis of livestock? The AgBoost® technology platform enables producers to input and maintain a personalized genetic database of individual and herds of animals in order to assess and/or change genetic profiles of their agricultural and livestock products, suggest and/or select optimal breeding pairs, assess the value and forecast of livestock, estimate the optimal time to keep livestock before sales, and track lineage or crops or animal, and provide nutritional recommendations. AgBoost® is a cloud-based technology, so producers have access to their livestock information at all times and available from any computing device.


  • Why is Genomic Profiling and Assessments of livestock important? The Genetic Profiling and Assessments feature of AgBoost® is a simple user interface and profiling process that gives producers the ability to input genetic information about individual and/or herds of animals, and to use that genetic information to rank and/or sort their animals based on specific genetic merit and/or traits of interest.


  • How does AgBoost® perform Valuation and Forecasting of livestock? The Valuation and Forecasting feature of AgBoost® uses a collection of relevant genomic data incorporated with real-time market data about the agriculture products (e.g., feed prices, sale barn data), and enables easy visualization of a genetic profile, performance qualities and marketability. The valuation feature is easy to understand, easy to interpret, and easy for the producers to assess and make decisions regarding the value of livestock and to estimate the optimal time to keep livestock before sale.


  • What type of sample is required to get genetic testing on my livestock performed? Since it is generally the easiest type of sample for a producer to retrieve from an animal, the preferred sample to perform DNA genetic testing for livestock genomics is an animal hair sample. However, the hair sample should contain the root (i.e., the white or black bulb at the base of the hair), which comprises DNA upon which genetic analyses will be performed. Other DNA samples, such as animal blood or tissue may also be used.


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The Science of Genomics - Animal Agriculture

1. Why genetics is important?

Genetics is the study of inheritance and in animal breeding, we use what we know about genetics to improve the merit of our cattle. If the genetic merit of a herd is not high, producers will incur a lot of unnecessary costs (e.g. extra feed, replacement costs, and veterinary costs). In other words, genetics creates the potential for what an animal can be, management delivers on that potential. If the potential is not there, either very expensive management or no amount of management can deliver the animal you want. Genetic improvement provides a way for cattle producers to enhance the performance of their herds. The investment in genetic improvement is important and worthwhile due to it being cumulative (improvements made in one generation are added to those made in previous generations) and permanent (the performance of an animal is influenced for life and the superior genetics can remain in the selection population).


2. Tools for genetic improvement

  • Data recording
    Simply put you have to measure what you want to improve. Or, in the modern era of genomics, capitalise on those measurements and research and that have gone into the development of tools developed for DNA assisted selection (genomic selection). There are many software available for the capture of phenotypic data and its subsequent analysis. The analysis of this data for genetic merit usually requires a third party.

  • Parentage and pedigree recording
    This also ties into the aforementioned data recording. To know what sire does what and/or to build a pedigree of your herd or population, parentage need to be known on animals of interest. The investment in parentage verification has been shown to have a huge benefit when choosing or culling breeding stock and is a necessity when doing a genetic evaluation.

  • Genetic merit calculations (EBVs and EPDs)
    Choosing animals based on how they look comes with all types of pitfalls. One animal may look better than the other for a whole host of reasons (better management from one farm to the next, different parity of dam, different age at time of selection, mother had more milk etc.) which clouds the judgment of an individual animal's true genetic merit. To this end, expected breeding values (EBVs) or expected progeny differences (EPDs) are genetic merit scores which are derived by pulling apart the environmental and genetic effects. Ranking animals based on their genetic merit is best practice when choosing the best breeding animals.

3. Another new tool for genetic improvement - Genomics

  • What is genomics?
    Genomics is a branch of molecular biology that's concerned with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes (a genome being the whole compliment of genes in an organism). We use this new technology to increase the accuracy of our selection which in turn equates to an increase in the rate of genetic gain.

  • How is it used?
    When talking about utilizing genomic technology for breeding and genetics, the term "density" needs further understanding. Cattle's genetic code is ~3bn pairs of letters long but we are only interested in those that show differences among animals. 35m of these are single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) which show difference among animals and largely dictate the physical differences we see e.g. live weight, stature, coat color, butterfat, horns, marbling, ADG etc. Different SNP across the genome are associated with different traits (fig 1.). To measure all ~35m of these SNP is very expensive and so we take smaller snapshots of these SNP which makes genotyping affordable for animal breeding and genetics purposes. One could categorise these densities or panels into 5 different categories:

    • Small panel: Ranging from just a few SNP to ~2k SNP. Used for parentage, condition testing and population specific genomics.
    • Low Density (LD): ~5k to 3k SNP. Used for genomic prediction/selection purposes when there are a lot of higher density genotypes available to refer to.
    • Medium Density (50K): 50k to 100k SNP. This density is able to tell you a lot about your population without having to go any denser. Usually a breed will begin by building a good reference set of 50k to be able to elucidate what less dense genotypes mean for performance traits.
    • High Density (HD): 500k to 1M SNP. Not so popular any more as the cost benefit ratio (benefit being an increase in EPD accuracy) was low.
    • Whole Genome Sequence (WGS): A measure of an animal's entire genome. Presently used for research. Too expensive to be commercially employed.


    Fig 1. Schematic interpretation of a genome with different SNP associated with different traits



  • Utilizing genomics

    • Parentage: Either verification or discovery.
    • Condition Testing: The presence of deleterious recessive alleles in a population can be problematic as they can result in dead, deformed or very sick progeny. The genetics for a condition may be present in a population but may not present hence the importance of testing.
    • Genomic selection (GE-EPDs, MBVs, Profiles): Inferring an animal's genetic merit is one of the more modern uses of a genotype. These predictions are delivered as genomically enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) or as molecular breeding values (MBVs) which are based solely on genotype.
    • Nutrition (Breed composition, inbreeding, mate allocation, relationships/inbreeding, nutrition); Management of an animal or group of animals can be differentiated based on their genetics e.g. different nutritional responses. Adoptable tools in this field are currently in the research phase.
    • Breed proportion; Knowledge of the breed proportion is useful in the design of mating programs to maximise heterosis.
    • Inbreeding, mate allocation & relationships; genomic matings or "precision breeding". Avoid potential inbreeding of certain matings or investigate whether a potential mating would indeed result in inbreeding.

    Once all the information is in front of you, it can be a daunting decision to make sense of it all and many traits are economically relevant at the same time. For this, we use a balanced selection objective which is key to multiple trait selection. Depending on whether you want to create a terminal, maternal or an all-purpose animal, that end goal will dictate how much selection pressure you place on any one trait or group of traits. Again, looking at the genetic merit for different traits on different animals will enable you to rank potential selection candidates. For example, when multiple traits are indexed together for a maternal type animal, most often, fertility will command the greatest relative economic weight (fig 2.). This selection index approach is ideal when making sense of a plethora of data at the same time.

    Fig 2. Example of a maternal index where different traits are weighted based on their economic relevance




Conclusions

Utilizing genomics will increase the accuracy of genetic evaluations of cattle. Where genetic evaluation is presently performed using pedigree analysis, genomics will enhance this evaluation. Where genetic evaluation of an animal is absent altogether, it now enables genetic merit scores to be delivered on a cohort of selection candidates. The accuracy from genomic means greater confidence that the estimated breeding values will be reflected in their progenies performance which results in accelerated genetic gain.



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