Notice to the membership
Stayability EPD information
Spring 2016 EPDs Now Available
Spring 2016 EPDs now uploaded
Herd Navigator
Guiding Commercial Female Selection
REDSPro Tutorials Available - Entering data using Excel templates
Tutorials available to assist with learning to use REDSPro system.

Notice to the membership

Stayability EPD information

RAAA staff and Technical Committee are continuing their review of the RAAA EPDs in an effort to ensure the reliability of Red Angus genetic predictions. This process has identified minimal specific scenarios in which improvements can be made.

Last week an enhancement was made to the Stayability EPD calculation on animals with RA50K genomic data that had a Stayability Accuracy of 0. The process that incorporates the genomic data into an animal’s STAY EPD (with a STAY ACC of 0) was found to be using a default Stayability EPD, instead of the animal’s true Stayability EPD. This was viewed as a conservative ‘rule’, as animals with a 0 accuracy are several generations away from usable data for the calculation of their Stayability EPD. However, it was decided that the most appropriate strategy was to eliminate this rule, thus preventing the EPD calculation from using the default value. This enhancement will allow the system to use the animal's calculated, non-genomic Stayability EPD in the process that incorporates genomic data.

Non-Genomic EPD + Genomic Data = Published EPD

Due to the implementation of this programming change, producers may observe a change in an animal’s Stayability EPD. It’s important to realize that the only animals impacted by this enhancement are those animals that had RA50K genomic data AND had a non-genomic Stayability Accuracy of 0.

We recognize the above-described improvement will present unexpected challenges to some Red Angus producers through changes in their animals’ Stayabilility EPDs. However, RAAA is committed to providing accurate genetic descriptions on all Red Angus animals; thus, through fulfilling this duty, improvements must be applied immediately.

Spring 2016 EPDs Now Available

Spring 2016 EPDs now uploaded

The season for bull sales is here and busy cattlemen will now have the most up-to-date information available as they make genetic selections to be used in their herds. The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has released the 2016 Spring EPDs that evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.

The Red Angus breed has been dedicated to Total Herd Reporting (THR) for two decades, creating an accurate database of Red Angus genetics and subsequently, EPDs trusted by ranchers. EPDs are displayed with their in-breed ranking percentile to assist cattle producers with their trait selection decisions. For more details on the updated data reference the Genetics section of the RAAA website.

 

Herd Navigator

Guiding Commercial Female Selection

While operating in the current revenue rich environment is certainly enjoyable, producers must realize that the stakes have been raised. Now, more than ever, producers must be making the correct decisions when it comes to selecting their replacement females. Through Red Angus’ newly released Herd Navigator DNA test, profit demanding producers now have the opportunity to obtain a genetic assessment on Red Angus-sired commercial females. For a minimal $25/head, the Herd Navigator evaluates each female’s DNA profile and assesses each trait in which RAAA calculates EPDs for, including the newly released selection indices. Thus, providing commercial producers with a roadmap for cowherd success. 
 
To learn more about the Herd Navigator, click here
 

REDSPro Tutorials Available - Entering data using Excel templates

Tutorials available to assist with learning to use REDSPro system.

Learning to use the new functions of REDSPro?  Staff is continually developing resources to assist in navigating the new system.  Submitting data via Excel templates, until the member data submission tab is available, is covered in the latest installment.  This step-by-step document will assist you in accessing the information and submitting the information required via to Member Services.  There is also an Instruction Key guide to assist with the process.

All the REDSPRo tutorials, developed by RAAA staff, are uploaded on the website and can be found here

Previously released tutorials were provided on Data Search and Herd Management functions. Both tutorials are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed for your reference as you begin to use our new and robust database system.

The online Purechat feature of the site is also available for members to access for assistance when using the system.



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