Angus association to run weekly carcass evaluation

News
Nov 6, 2009
by WLJ
Angus association to run weekly carcass evaluation

The American Angus Association (AAA) has issued its first release of genomicenhanced expected progeny differences (EPDs) for multiple carcass traits, now available at www.angus.org through AAA Login or EPD/ Pedigree lookup.

In an industry first, the updated National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) carcass trait EPDs are scheduled for weekly release and incorporate available breedspecific DNA profile results from the IGENITY Profile for Angus in addition to all pedigree and performance information.

Through the use of new technologies, Angus NCE EPDs can be provided across the complete performance database for carcass traits, encompassing nearly 2 million animals. Genomic, carcass and ultrasound databases can be used to calculate NCE EPDs each week for Angus breeders and industry allies.

The process bypasses the need for interim procedures on animals with genomic profile results and speeds the information exchange for newly arriving ultrasound and carcass data received at the association.

Visit www.angus.org to access the NCE genomicenhanced EPDs for carcass traits. For more information, call the association at 816/383-5100 or e-mail ahir @angus.org. — WLJ

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