Genetics and EPDs 101

Genetics and EPDs 101 150 150 Luke Bowman

Here is International Genetics Solutions’ lead geneticist, Dr. Randie Culbertson, discussing the basics of genetics all the way to basic genetic selection tools (EPDs & $Indexes).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsHlbFb_hEI&t=2453s

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Sire Selection Manual

Sire Selection Manual 150 150 Luke Bowman

“We live in an age of accelerated scientific discovery, which leads to new technologies that must be understood by members of the production sector of the industry to assure that technology is applied appropriately. Today, producers face the challenges of learning about DNA testing and its application to their selection programs. However, one very appropriate…

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2021 MARC Update

2021 MARC Update 150 150 Luke Bowman

Aligns with our focus on all traits, but especially MARB vs. REA….https://beefimprovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/21_ABEPDfactsheet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0eC8gu96lX6vrukh5qAg6onzP9aeJD1Bn9FN_zbV1y_kvV7qYKQrLE5Ow

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Shorthorns – Maternal or Terminal?

Shorthorns – Maternal or Terminal? 150 150 Luke Bowman

Here is an excellent article written by Dr. Ron Bolze, a former Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the American Shorthorn Association. This article really helped shape the organized direction of BSG in the early 2000’s, post our Junior run. Shorthorns – Maternal or Terminal? by Dr. Ron Bozle Hopefully, this title has caught your attention.  I think this…

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No hype: EPDs work

No hype: EPDs work 150 150 Luke Bowman

Borrowed from Western Livestock Journal, June 26, 2018: — Due to objective genetic predictions such as EPDs (expected progeny differences) and indexes, the cattle industry has made tremendous progress in production and efficiency. However, as the models that produce the predictions become more sophisticated and producers understand less of the mathematics behind them, some people…

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Balanced, maternal or just mediocre?

Balanced, maternal or just mediocre? 150 150 Luke Bowman

Thank you Troy Marshall for this excellent article! SPOT ON! http://www.beefmagazine.com/seedstock/balanced-maternal-or-just-mediocre

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Composite Bulls increasing in Demand in Small Herds

Composite Bulls increasing in Demand in Small Herds 150 150 Luke Bowman

COMPOSITE BULLS HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN SOME AREAS by: Heather Smith Thomas Heterosis (hybrid vigor) has proven its value in many agricultural sectors—whether production of hybrid corn, hogs or beef. There are three kinds of heterosis; individual (the calf), maternal, and paternal. Of the three, paternal heterosis has had the least attention. Research studies have…

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Will’s Dilemma

Will’s Dilemma 150 150 Luke Bowman

Will Townsend is a great man and a good friend. Information gives him profit. Not sure where he sampled his Shorthorn genetics from, but if you see in the article, they just aren’t kicking it for him. Are you using the technology available through the sire summary (EPD database) to make Shorthorns in order to…

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Testing our Sires

Testing our Sires 150 150 Luke Bowman

BSG has and will continue (when we can) to test our sires in the Trial-County Steer Carcass program, once recognized by the American Shorthorn Association. You know a lot of people assume they have cattle feeding figured out because you just need to select for growth and muscle. At BSG we understand the need for…

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Why use these scary numbers called EPDs?

Why use these scary numbers called EPDs? 150 150 Luke Bowman

One thing that tended to really grind my gears in a previous career, and still does today, is when people ask about performance by asking, “What’s the average Weaning Weight?” or “What was the average MARB score?” The fact of the matter is when this is asked, people are asking for “How hard were they…

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