Fall Focus 2016: Teaming Technology with Tradition

Fall Focus 2016 brought together roughly 175 in Bozeman to discuss ways to enhance the tradition of seedstock operations with today’s science and technology. Thank you to all who attended this event. Thank you for being engaged in the discussion of improving selection decisions using the best available technology. Thank you for traveling to Bozeman to learn from others, to let your voice be heard, and to reconnect with the ASA family. Fall Focus 2016 was a great success and we look forward to seeing everyone in North Dakota for Fall Focus 2017!

Red Charlie Test Now Publicly Available

GeneSeek launched the new red coat variant test, called Red Charlie.  Breeders interested in coat color testing on a red charlie suspect animal  need to order both the regular coat color test and the red charlie test to have a complete picture of the animal’s genotype for coat color. The Red Charlie test will cost…

Red Charlie: A Newly Discovered Red Coat Color Variant

In the spring of 2015, the American Simmental Association had a report of a red calf confirmed to a tested homozygous black bull.  While learning about this case, several sons of Remington Lock N Load, 2503661, appeared to carry a red coat color variant not recognized by the existing coat color test. These bulls all tested homozygous black but sired red calves. The…

How does parent verification work?

Whether you use parent verification to confirm your breeding records, distinguish between AI and pasture bred calves, or to sort through progeny from a multi-sire pasture, parental validation is an important test for breeders. Roughly 10% of pedigrees reported across all breed associations are inaccurate. These are frequently honest mistakes but never-the-less, vital to fix to make informed breeding decisions.

Genetic Accounting

By Jackie Atkins, Ph.D., Director of Science and Education at the ASA On a daily basis, cattle operations face management decisions that can make the enterprise either more or less successful. It’s not always easy to know what the right decision is but with some thought and advice from trusted sources, usually the choice becomes…