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…

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…

Contemporary Grouping

Proper contemporary group design and reporting is vital to evaluating the genetic potential of sires.   You might think reporting all your calves as one contemporary group will make their EPDs more accurate but the reality is you want to assign contemporary groups that reflect how the calves were raised for the best results.  Read the following article,…

ASA provides genetic evaluation for commercial cattle: Commercial Option in Total Herd Enrollment

Commercial Option is for commercial producers who are interested in having EPDs and economic indexes calculated on their entire herd.  EPDs and indexes are provided on all females and herd sires, while group average EPDs and indexes are provided on steers. This information provides commercial producers with an unparalleled opportunity to make within herd…