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Source: Beef Genomic Prediction Trial What is Genomic Prediction? Genomic prediction is a new tool that can predict an animal’s genetic merit based on scoring DNA markers such as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP). Genomic prediction can predict how an animal’s...
Source: Beef Cattle Research Council, www.BeefResearch.ca Editor’s note: The following is part three of a four-part series that will help you to evaluate different breeding programs, which bulls are optimal for your herd, and how much they’re worth. (See part one and part...
Source: Canadian Charolais Association The initial EPD run which includes Genomics has now been provided by Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), our genetic evaluation service provider. AGI used the Spring 2018 EPD pedigree and performance dataset and added information from DNA...
Source: Beef Cattle Research Council, www.BeefResearch.ca Editor’s note: The following is part one of a four-part series that will help you to evaluate different breeding programs, which bulls are optimal for your herd, and how much they’re worth. There are a range...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Improving the feed efficiency of a beef cattle herd can mean big savings for producers. One way to achieve this goal is to select breeding bulls that are naturally feed-efficient, since 80 to 90 per...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Some breeds of cattle are prone to double muscling. These animals have enlarged muscles, giving them the appearance of being the weight lifters of the cattle world! Double muscling in cattle is the result of...
Source: Genome Alberta, Geoff Geddes Mention genomics to a scientist, and the eyes light up with thoughts of recombination, microarrays and polymorphisms. For a beef producer, those terms make their eyes glaze over, but one word is sure to grab their...
Source: Alberta Beef Producers Wide variation between individual animals. Changes in diet, environment and other factors will trigger different genetic responses in individual cattle, which may result in some animals that are more feed efficient than others, says Dr. Gordon Murdoch,...
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs The beef industry, just like any other, wants to sustain profitability while decreasing costs. Beef producers are provided with genetic selection tools such as expected progeny differences (EPDs) and estimated breeding...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ Dr. Susan Markus, Livestock Research Scientist Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Stettler, Alberta, Canada Defining Efficiency Traditionally, cattle producers would likely agree that measures of outputs like pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed, calf weaning weight as...
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