Saanen Goats at Grasshill Farm

High milk yield and multiple births make the goat herd at Grasshill Farm ideal for studying genomics linked to desirable traits

Collaborative Research

We work with local farmers and national/international organizations to ensure the sustainable management of goat genomic resources.

Genomic Validation

We track pedigrees and are developing DNA markers for Saanen goats to enable the genomic validation of desirable traits.

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Trent University

IICA and Trent University sign a Memorandum of Agreement to promote research partnerships.

Milk Recording & Automation

Automated parlours ensure milk yields, feeding regimes, and other variables can be linked to individual genomic signatures.

Desirable Traits

Automated tracking of feed intake, temperature, and milk yield is used so that desirable traits can be linked to a genomic profile. This approach allows us to understand the links between heat tolerance and milk production & quality. It also helps farmers optimize individual feeding strategies for improved efficiency.


We are currently developing a baseline genetic understanding of Ontario's Saanen goat herds. Our current services include: Microsatellite genotyping Mitochondrial Control region sequences Functional gene profiling


Our genomic database keeps track of genetic diversity, pedigrees, and phenotypic traits for validation of goat genomic resources for export.
Our research lab is located in the Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre (NRDPFC) at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Contact us via e-mail to Dr. Brad White ( Our mailing address is Goat DNA Bank, c/o Bradley White, Trent University, Biology Department, 2140 East Bank Drive, Peterborough ON Canada, K9J 7B8. Our Website: