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.
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:
- Are the New BOLT-Derived EPDs More Accurate Than Previous Cornell EPDs?
- FAQ: Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT
- The Value of DNA Information in the Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT
- What to Expect with Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT
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.