Educational Resources

Red Angus EPDs: Ranch Tested – Building Ranchers’ Trust

The abundance of data presented to producers to use in genetic selection decisions has become almost excessive. The majority of bull sale catalogs contain actual and/or adjusted weights and ultrasound measurements, ratios for every trait, and Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) has long been an advocate of simplifying selection decisions by placing sole selection emphasis on EPDs. When asked why, the response given is that “the research community has proven that EPDs are superior to actual or adjusted weights in estimating an animal’s genetic merit.” However, no real proof based on Red Angus data is presented to the producer to validate that claim.

RAAA believes in the science behind our genetic selection tools and can validate their reliability with multiple examples demonstrating the effectiveness of EPDs.

Red Angus EPD brochure

Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT

At their June 2018 meeting, the RAAA Board of Directors voted at transition a portion of the EPDs reported by the Association to the IGS Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT. This transition is scheduled to take place during the summer of 2018. The BOLT EPDs will include calving ease, growth, carcass and stayability. For more information, please reference these links:

Marketing Team Town Hall Webinar 2018

The Red Angus marketing team has spent the past several months traveling to Red Angus production sales across the nation, representing the Red Angus breed while promoting RAAA’s marketing programs. Marketing team members Gary Fike, Harold Bertz, Katie Ochsner and Chessie Mitchell share observations and information from sale season, including data-driven insights into what makes a production sale successful.

DNA Parentage Test Evaluation

In recent years the RAAA has taken action to increase DNA requirements in order for calves to be registered with the Association. The newest of these policies requires that all herd sires have a DNA sample submitted, prior to any of their calves being fully registered with the RAAA. With the help of Dr. Jim Gibb, RAAA DNA staff evaluated current RAAA DNA testing practices and policies, from sample submission to reporting of DNA testing results in the RAAA database.