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Hereford and Red Angus Heifers Recruited for Genomics Research

The University of Missouri is recruiting 2,500 Hereford heifers and 2,500 Red Angus heifers to participate in a heifer puberty and fertility genomic research project. Heifers should be registered Hereford, registered Red Angus, or commercial Hereford or Red Angus. Hereford x Red Angus crossbred heifers targeted for the Premium Red Baldy Program would also be a good fit for the research project. Producers must be willing to work with a trained veterinarian to collect the following data: ReproductiveTract Scores collected at a pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. PelvicMeasurements (height and width) collected at the same pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy Determination Using Ultrasound reporting fetal age in days. Ultrasound will need to occur no later than 90 days after the start of the breeding season. In addition, heifers must have known birth dates and have weights recorded eithe

Hair Shedding Update and Reminders


It is the time of year to once again record and report hair shedding scores. This fact sheet on eBEEF.org should come in handy.

Participants in our hair shedding genomic research project should have received an email from Harly Durbin. This email contained an Excel file to report hair shedding scores on enrolled cattle. If not, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We must receive 2017 data in these Excel files!

It is important that we receive data on our target goal of 8,000 cattle. If your cattle are enrolled in the research program, we should have received DNA cards and 2016 data from you by now. If we have not yet received your data, you are in danger of being removed from the program. If we have not received your data, please get in touch with Harly and I by email or by phone.

We know receiving genomic-enhanced EPDs is very important to hair shedding study participants. This is also a priority to us. We have worked with breed associations and GeneSeek to make this happen.

For IGS breed associations, we are sending genotypes from Mizzou to Mahdi Saatchi, IGS’s genomic scientist. We are still working out how the data will be formatted when we send the data between Mizzou and IGS. For other breed associations, we are sending genotype data directly from GeneSeek to the breed association.

Many participants will start to receive GE-EPDs for their animals in the next few weeks.

Please be patient with us. We are not a service provider. This is our first time sharing research genotypes with breed associations. So, we are forging a new path. Please stick with us as we create tools to select more heat tolerant and sustainable cattle.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Or, see our FAQ page.

We appreciate your help and interest in this project!

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