Getting Ready for Your Breeding Season? Understanding Bull Selection and Genomic Testing

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Genetic improvement plays a pivotal role in the profitability and vitality of cow-calf operations. Therefore, in order to maintain our progress we need to choose sires that will align with our breeding goals. Understanding a bull catalog can be a daunting task so check the publication below for a step-by-step explanation of the process.

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Using Expected Progeny Differences for Beef Cattle Genetic Improvement

This publication provides information about using tools to make genetic improvements in beef cattle, including understanding expected progeny differences (EPDs), selection priorities, selection indexes, and genomic-enhanced EPDs.

The accuracy of EPDs can be increased by genomic testing which can make a big difference, especially for younger sires. Genomic testing can also be used for testing for genetic diseases and conducting parent verification. Refer to the publication below for information on expected costs and methodologies.

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Genomic Testing and Its Uses in Beef Cattle

This publication has been created for beef producers, farm workers, and extension agents as a guide for performing successful DNA sample collection and shipping for genomic testing.

Contact your local extension office and speak with the livestock agent in your home county for more information on these topics.