What to Expect When You’re Expecting…DNA Results!

Once you have collected a DNA sample either utilizing an ASA provided kit or a lab provided sample card you are responsible for mailing the sample along with official ASA 2D barcode/paperwork to the GeneSeek lab.

GeneSeek places samples into test on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for ASA. Once GeneSeek receives the sample it is expected to enter processing within 3-5 business days.

It will take 3-4 weeks for results to be reported to ASA. This time can vary depending on the time of year or type of testing requested.

There is NO WAY TO EXPEDITE DNA testing at GeneSeek.

Once results are reported to ASA from Geneseek, members will receive reports of testing either via email(if email is listed on the account) or by mail and at this time testing fees will be invoiced to the ASA member’s account.

Almost all results are viewable in Herdbook Services by searching the animal record and clicking on TraitTrac.

If you have additional questions please email dna@simmgene.com or call our office at 406.587.4531 and hit the number 3 to be connected to the DNA department.



DNA Testing – Lab and ASA Holiday Schedule

If you are planning on submitting DNA samples for testing in the next few weeks please review GeneSeek’s holiday schedule listed below.  The lab will be closed on the following dates, so that means samples will not be received or logged in to test until the following business day they are open.

Friday, December 23
Monday, December 26
Friday, December 30
Monday, January 2

If you are shipping blood tubes or raw tissue you will need to make sure it does not arrive at the lab any of the above dates.  DNA testing and results may experience delays during the holiday season.

The ASA offices will be closed the following days in observance of the Holidays.

Friday, December 23
Monday, December 26
Monday, January 2

If you have any questions on the above schedules please contact ASA via email dna@simmgene.com or call 406.587.4531 and press #3 to be connected to the DNA department.


GeneSeek Has a New Address

ASA’s licensed lab, GeneSeek, Inc. has been busy moving to their new, larger location over the course of past few weeks.  It’s only a few miles down the road from their old facility but will give them plenty of space to grow. If you have a DNA kit to mail to the lab and it will arrive on/after Monday, April 28, 2014, please use the new lab address to avoid any delays in processing.


4131 N. 48th ST.

The US Postal Service will forward mail for up a year from the old to new address, however, Fed Ex and UPS will only forward packages for a period of two weeks(up until Friday, May 9).  It is very important if you are shipping via Fed Ex or UPS to use the new address provided above. Starting today all DNA kits mailed out of the office will have the new address listed on the self-addressed envelopes.

If you have any questions or concerns please email dna@simmgene.com or call our office at 406.587.4531.

Submitting DNA Soon? Expected Testing Timelines

If you are sending in DNA samples for testing through ASA and our licensed lab, GeneSeek, getting them in the mail sooner rather than later is ideal.  GeneSeek will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25.  Samples need to arrive on Monday, December 23, in order to be logged in to test on Thursday, December 26.  GeneSeek will also be closed the following week on Wednesday, January 1.  Samples need to arrive on the normal schedule by noon on Tuesday, December 31, to be logged in to test on Thursday, January 2.  Remember, samples must be accompanied by paperwork that is generated by ASA, otherwise, testing may be delayed and extra expense incurred. During this time of year with holiday schedules, testing/reporting can take a little longer than the normal turnaround of 14-21 days, depending on what testing you are having done.  Plan ahead and get your sample(s) in test at least six weeks before you absolutely need results.  If you have any questions or concerns about DNA testing or sample(s) you have recently sent, please email dna@simmgene.com or call our office 406.587.4531.