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If you are looking for information about genetics, performance, EPD’s, Ultrasound, sexed semen, and other issues in these fields, this section has everything you need.

Putting the E in EPD

published: October 5th 2017 by: Jared Decker source: University of Missouri Extension

  Summary: Why are EPDs imprecise for young animals? How can genomics be used to track the random shuffle of genes? Even though expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been used by the beef industry for over 40 years, many misconceptions still exist....

Where are we going with genomics and genetic improvement?

published: June 5th 2017 by: Matt Spangler/Alison Van Eenennaam source: BIF 2017

Where are we going with genomics and genetic improvement     Early DNA tests with one or two markers had little predictive ability. As tests improved, more markers were added. Eventually there was a switch to genomic predictions....

As DNA tests become more common, researchers rapidly add equipment to keep up

published: April 25th 2017 by: Kathleen Phillips source: Texas Agrilife Today

(Editors: April 25 is National DNA Day commemorating the day in 1953 when scientists published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. Now, 64 years later, the concept is much more familiar to the average person....

Can you compare EPDs across breeds?

published: February 3rd 2017 by: Matt Spangler/Larry Kuehn source: University of Nebraska Extension

Expected Progeny Differences published by one breed are inherently not comparable to those published by another breed. This is due to several factors including differences in arbitrary base adjustments used by each breed, the lack of data from comparisons among animals of different breeds, and differences in selection emphasis for a specific trait in one breed compared to another....

Hair shedding scores: A tool to select heat tolerant cattle

published: January 31st 2017 by: James E. Decker and Jane Parish source: University of Missouri and Mississippi State University

Hair shedding scores are an easy and effective way to measure cattle’s ability to cope with heat stress. In this fact sheet, learn the how, when, and why of hair shedding scores. Responsible beef breeding requires matching cattle genetics to production environment....

New cost - effective DNA test available to beef seedstock industry

published: October 17th 2016 source: Neogen GeneSeek

Neogen GeneSeek is introducing a new, highly affordable genomic profiling test for seedstock production. “The new GeneSeek® Genomic Profiler™Ultra-Low Density (GGP uLD) will provide ample power for predicting traits that beef seedstock will pass along to their progeny....

Description of a Simbrah

published: August 26th 2016 source: American Simmental Association

Simbrah is a composite breed. Animals containing 5/8 Simmental blood and 3/8 Brahman or Zebu blood are designated as purebred. A sixteenth of other breeds is allowed making it easy to incorporate traits, such as polled or other characteristics, for specific purposes into the purebred....

Gene editing research increases

published: June 20th 2016 source: Genus

British animal genetics firm Genus is diving deeper into the hot area of gene editing, in a move Chief Executive Karim Bitar says will bring long-term gains at the cost of a hefty hike in research spending....

Zoetis and Angus compete world’s largest genomic calibration for GE-EPDs

published: May 19th 2016 source: Zoetis

Zoetis and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) announced the completion of the world’s largest and most comprehensive genomic calibration for beef cattle and associated integration into genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs)....

Economically Relevant Traits and Selection Indices

published: May 16th 2016 by: By Matt Spangler, source: NE Extension Beef Genetics Specialist

Sire selection does not need to be overwhelming or complex. Centuries of work by geneticists and statisticians have allowed for the development of tools that help producers make decisions relative to the next bull you purchase; do not ignore them....

New GeneSTAR test from Zoetis identifies polled genotypes

published: March 9th 2016 source: Zoetis

Commercial beef producers have long-established breeding programs that propagate polled animals.  Now, by using a new genomic test called GeneSTAR Horn/Polled available from Zoetis, beef producers can identify homozygous and heterozygous polled for Brahman, Brangus, Limousin, and Simmental at an early age....

Across Breed EPD Adjustments

published: February 15th 2016 by: By Matt Spangler, NE Extension Beef Gene source: University of Nebraska Extension

  Expected Progeny Differences published by one breed are inherently not comparable to those published by another breed. This is due to several factors including differences in arbitrary base adjustments used by each breed and differences in selection intensity for a specific trait in one breed compared to another....

How To Valuabull

published: February 4th 2016 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

The spring bull sale season is underway. Catalogs are being studied, EPDs and individual animal performance numbers are being compared and choices are being made as to which bulls will be the next herd sires....

Visit Your Breed Association Website for Maternal Breed Indexes

published: January 15th 2016 by: Kris Ringwall source: North Dakota State University

Hidden treasures for beef producers are the various breed association websites, which are the doorway to better understanding the performance of the cattle available within each breed. One fairly new addition to sire summaries is a selection index, available from several breed associations....

New Website Offers Greater Access to Genomic Information

published: June 25th 2015 source: Zoetis

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Zoetis launched a new website,—focusing on its beef and dairy genomics business. The new website will offer greater convenience when ordering and access to important information relevant to management of genetics on beef and dairy operations....

Brangus Genomic-Enhanced EPD Program Announced

published: May 1st 2015 source: IBBA

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has joined forces with a large group of entities to formulate breed specific genomic enhanced EPDs. The evolution in IBBA genomic technology is a result of a collaborative effort between IBBA, Livestock Genetic Services, Iowa State University, National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC), Colorado State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Neogen-GeneSeek and Zoetis....

DNA Profile Announced For Cow/Calf Producers

published: January 29th 2015 source: Merial

DULUTH, GA. — IGENITY®, a division of Merial, announces the introduction of the most cost-effective DNA product on the market — the IGENITY profile for replacement heifers. It is designed specifically for cow/calf producers committed to the long-term success of their herd....

Economically Relevant Traits For The ’New Beef Industry’

published: June 20th 2014 by: Bruce Golden

There has been incomplete investment in the strategy of economically relevant traits. New computational and statistical advancements made genetic prediction possible. From 1975 to 1995 used sire models to predict....

Red Angus Releases Choice+ Grid With Tyson Foods

published: May 6th 2014 source: Red Angus Association of American

Producers and feeders can now step through open marketing doors and garner premiums for supplying a predictable, quality product that traces back to the Red Angus genetics and the ranch of origin. Tyson Fresh Foods recently released the Choice+ performance-based grid designed exclusively to pay premiums for cattle enrolled in the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP)....

Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Releases Genomic EPDs

published: April 30th 2014 source: SGBI

The Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Board of Directors announced that the breed’s Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), released April 2014, were enhanced for all traits with genomic information....

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