Angus Association Offering Weekly EPD UpdatesMon, 15 Nov 2010 10:39:47 CST
The American Angus Association now provides all National Cattle Evaluation EPDs every week.
Beginning this past Friday, Angus farmers and ranchers have even more accurate, more rapidly available genetic feedback than ever before.
In another industry breakthrough, the American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) provide weekly updates on all traits calculated within the National Cattle Evaluation.
Previously, weekly releases were only available for the Association’s selection of genomic-enhanced EPDs for carcass, docility and residual average daily gain (RADG). Now, the industry’s largest beef breed organization has expanded that capability across the board on all Angus selection tools developed from the Association’s database of more than 19 million records.
“Angus members and their investment in technology have made this weekly capability possible,” said Bill Bowman, the Association’s chief operating officer (COO) and AGI president. “This was the next logical step in providing the most current set of EPDs for more reliable genetic decision tools.”
The weekly capability is considerably more frequent than NCE updates previously released just twice a year.
“Essentially, this offers Angus seedstock and commercial breeders using Angus genetics access to our selection tool database in a more timely manner as we continue to also expand our selection of EPDs incorporating genomic data,” said Sally Northcutt, Association genetic research director. “This means more accurate, more rapid genetic improvement in many cases for nonparent animals, by supplying the most current national cattle evaluation EPDs on a weekly basis.”
For the weekly EPD evaluations- plus more on the Angus Breed- Click here for their website.
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