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Seedstock Industry Undergone Many Changes in Last 20 Years, Says Jack Ward, American Hereford Association
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:06:10 CST
Genetic evaluations may be at the top of the list of changes Jack Ward, executive vice president of the American Hereford Association, has witnessed during his many years of involvement in the seedstock industry.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Jack Ward
I grew up in the seedstock business and my wife and I owned and operated an Angus farm in Indiana, Ward said.
Ward has now worked for the Hereford Association for about two decades, joining the group in 2003, and he noted there has been many changes in the industry since his early involvement.
You have to accept technology and the key for the seedstock industry is the consumer is the ultimate goal for us, Ward said.
The seedstock industry is at the top of the pyramid, he said.
Itís a big scheme of things that go together for the commercial cattlemen, the feeders and the packers, he said.
When I first started, we barely had any genetic evaluation, Ward said.
Today we update EPDís with pedigree, phenotypic and genomic component every week, he said.
We need to be efficient and provide the right kind of information and allow our breeders to make changes to help their customers become profitable, Ward said.
Before the vast array of genetic information available today, a breed defect could lead a producer to shun an entire breed type to avoid s specific genetic abnormality.
Today we donít have to do that, Ward said.
Now, as we move forward the ability for this genomics to help us predict genetics will shorten our genetic turnovers in the seedstock industry, Ward said.
Itís a tool that is here to stay and will get better as we move along, he added.
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