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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: EVALUATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND USE OF GENETIC RESOURCES TO IMPROVE LIFE-CYCLE EFFICIENCY OF BEEF CATTLE AND SHEEP

Location: Genetics, Breeding, & Animal Health

Title: Mean EPDs reported by different breeds

Authors
item Kuehn, Larry
item Thallman, Richard

Submitted to: Beef Improvement Federation Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: June 10, 2008
Publication Date: June 30, 2008
Citation: Kuehn, L.A., Thallman, R.M. 2008. Mean EPDs reported by different breeds. In: Proceedings of the Beef Improvement Federation 40th Research Symposium and Annual Meeting, June 30 to July 3, 2008, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. p. 75-77.

Interpretive Summary: Beef cattle genetic evaluations result in expected progeny differences (EPDs), which can be used to select animals for growth, productivity, carcass composition, and, most recently, economic value. Breed averages allow producers to compare the genetic value of potential breed stock against their breed average. This report summarizes the average EPDs from the most recent genetic evaluations of 21 different breeds. These averages should only be used to determine the genetic merit of an animal relative to its breed average; across-breed adjustment factors have been calculated and reported in a separate paper.

Technical Abstract: Beef cattle genetic evaluations result in expected progeny differences (EPDs), which can be used to select animals for growth, productivity, carcass composition, and, most recently, economic value. Breed averages allow producers to compare the genetic value of potential breed stock against their breed average. This report summarizes the average EPDs from the most recent genetic evaluations of 21 different breeds. These averages should only be used to determine the genetic merit of an animal relative to its breed average; across-breed adjustment factors have been calculated and reported in a separate paper.

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