Improving Cow Herd Reproduction Via Genetics

By Wade Shafer, Ph.D., ASA Executive Vice President Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2008 issue of the SimTalk written by Wade Shafer, Ph.D. Drs. Lauren Hyde and Jackie Atkins provided updates for reprint. A beef cow’s job is not an easy one. She is expected to conceive at slightly over one year…

Cow Herd DNA Roundup FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Background The Cow Herd DNA Roundup (CHR) is a recent program launched by the American Simmental Association in collaboration with GeneSeek®. The CHR offers a 60% off 50K genomic panel including parentage ($20 compared to $50 equivalent test) to participating breeders who test their entire cow herd. If breeders also submit cow…

Multi-breed Stayability EPDs: Here’s what you need to know

1.) Multi-breed stayability: The new stayability EPD is calculated for all cattle in the database (not just for purebred and fullblood Simmental).  As stayability is a very important economically relevant trait for female production, the ability to have stayability calculations on all cattle will improve the prediction of the All Purpose Index across all cattle…

ASA releases the first evaluation with BOLT and Single Step genomic enhanced EPDs!

The Spring 2017 EPDs were released on 12/22/16 including a Multi-breed Stayability prediction using BOLT and single step genomic evaluation (evaluating the genomics, pedigree, and phenotype information in one process rather than blending in the genomics later).  This marks the first EPD predictions with BOLT, the new genetic evaluation software developed by Theta Solutions, with…

Montana State University Steer-A-Yeer Program

BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking donations of steers for its Steer-A-Year program, which allows students to continue their hands-on learning of the beef industry. Donated steers provide students with applied learning experiences in courses such as beef cattle management, professional development in beef production systems, livestock management, meat science and…

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 American…

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.