Simmental Association Launches Exciting New Project Designed to Expand Carcass Data CollectionMon, 08 Apr 2019 11:27:29 CDT
A great eating experience for today's consumer comes from our higher quality beef that is available in our pipeline - and has been proven to drive consumer demand. Quality grade show cattlemen have improved the end product over time but industrywide progress in carcass trait selection remains comparatively slow with the most important traits still among the most difficult to predict. Kansas State University Extension Beef Specialist Dr. Bob Weaber explained recently how challenging it is to acquire good carcass data.
"Overtime we've leveraged new technologies like ultrasound to bolster information about end product attributes into our genetic evaluation system. But, as we look at different breeds - on average between half and one percent of reporting rate of the number of calves born every year make it into our carcass data evaluation," he said. "So, carcass data is an area that's expensive to measure but we know it's very important."
In response to this, the American Simmental Association has recently launched an expansive new project that pairs actual carcass record with genomic data on sire identified calves. This carcass expansion project aims to boost total carcass records and train genomic panels to more accurately predict carcass traits. The five-year project is open to seedstock members and their commercial customers that have sim-genetic influence. For the genomics component, the association places to pay genotyping costs associated with the use of tissue sampling units provided by Allflex. The information gathered through this program will develop better and more accurate EPDs that will lead to better consumer products. Scott Holt, Allflex North American Marketing Manager says the project will significantly enhance the breed's genomic efforts.
"Our ability now to get that carcass information through genomic is a really exciting phase in our industry," he said. "Through the gathering of carcass data and tying that back to the origin of the genetics of those animals - we're able to increase the predictability. Where as a non-enhanced EPD may have an accuracy rate of 30-40 percent- we can improve that possibly by 10 to 20 percent by adding carcass information to that EPD foundation."
Listen to Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays discuss this new project in greater detail with Weaber, Holt and other stakeholders, on today's Beef Buzz - or click over to the ASA website to learn more.
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