1. Call the Brown Swiss Association to file Abnormality Report & determine the next step. Not all cases will be asked to send samples to the lab. In most cases, DNA tests will be done to perform parentage on calf and dam.
2. Pull 50 clean hair strands from tail (if calf is dying) to send to Maxxam for Parentage Testing (DNA). Note: The bulb or root must be attached to the hair. If dam has not been DNA tested, a DNA sample from dam is also needed. (If animal is alive, contact office for FTA blood card instead of using hair.) Prior to sending hair to Maxxam, please contact Brown Swiss Association at 608-365-4474.
MAXXAM Analytics Courier MAXXAM Analytics
PO Box 670, PMB 19 402 Center Street, PMB 19
Lewiston, NY 41092-1604 Lewiston, NY 14092-1604
Direct to lab in Canada MAXXAM Analytics
335 Laird Road
Guelph, ON N1H 6J3
3. IF SMA suspected - contact your veterinarian to send brain & spinal cord for diagnosis to:
Also send pedigree & abnormality report provided by BSCBA.
NE Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
University of Nebraska - Lincoln - East Campus Loop & Fair Street
Lincoln, NE 68583
FOR PACKING BRAIN & SPINAL CORD: Cut off center so they can be removed when calf dies and save in formaldehyde for shipment to NE lab. Slide cross sections may also be sent, but please call the Nebraska Diagnostic lab prior to sending slides.