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Large Genetic Toolbox Available For Angus Breeders Says AGI's Joel Cowley
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 08:06:57 CST
Angus breeders have embraced the latest technology for EPDs and Joel Cowley, president of Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) said their genetic toolbox is growing every day in an effort to make them more profitable.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Joel Cowley
Cowley was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.
Itís impressive the commitment the American Angus Association has had with performance testing and the tools available to Angus breeders, Cowley said.
Our goal is to fill the genetic selection toolbox, he said.
The growth traits for calving ease were introduced early on and now they have genetic tools for selecting cattle with improved feet which is an issue for some operations, he said.
Recently they have developed environmental EPDs for hair shedding for producers in the fescue belt and high temperature climates, Cowley said.
The biggest challenge for producers is sorting through all the information, something Cowley calls ďanalysis paralysis.Ē
One of the really valuable tools developed by the American Angus Association more than a decade ago are the bioeconomic indexes or dollar value indexes, Cowley said.
The indexes are expressed in terms of profit.
For example, Dollar Maternal ($M) calf weaned is driven by the scenario where replacement heifers are retained and the rest are sold at weaning, he said.
Producers can use these indexes to make a really good initial sort to make them more profitable, Cowley said.
Commercial producers can view the indexes online and narrow down the information they are looking for by setting parameters with high and low value indexes to find the animal to fit their operation, Cowley said.
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