Spring 2008 American Angus Association Heifer Pregnancy EPDs Released

US - The American Angus Association® has recently updated its research heifer pregnancy genetic evaluation.
calendar icon 21 December 2007
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Angus breeders are continuing to submit heifer breeding records to allow selection tools for reproductive traits to be developed.

The second research release includes updated sire heifer pregnancy expected progeny differences (HP EPDs). These EPDs are a tool to increase the chance of a sire’s daughters becoming pregnant as heifers during a normal breeding season.

"Even though reproductive traits are recognized as being lowly heritable, this research allows us to provide a genetic value to commercial producers in an area of high economic importance," says Sally Northcutt, genetic research director for the Association.

The Spring 2008 heifer pregnancy research report contains HP EPDs and accuracies for 495 sires, with nearly 70 new sires added to the listing.

The release of HP EPDs is in the form of a web-based research report found at www.angussiresearch.com containing sire EPDs with a minimum 0.30 accuracy. Printed copies are available on request.

For more information contact the Performance Programs Department at 816-383-5100.

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