At the January 4th Show-Me-Select Board of Directors meeting, new service sire EPD requirements were approved. All sires, artificial insemination and natural service, must meet minimum Calving Ease Direct (CED) EPD requirements. In addition to yearly updates, two changes were made.
First, no Birth Weight EPD requirement will be published. All commonly used breeds now have CED EPDs available.
Second, all breeds in the International Genetic Solutions (IGS) genetic evaluation are now set to a common requirement. In the summer of 2018, breeds within the International Genetic Solutions switched to a single-step BOLT multi-breed genetic evaluation. The EPDs for animals in the IGS genetic evaluation are directly comparable across breeds.
Youth interested in the beef industry are encouraged to compete in a national essay contest. Essays should respond to the prompt “What does it mean to be a beef breeder in the 21st century?”
The winning essay will be published in one of BEEF magazine’s online newsletters (e.g. BEEF Daily or BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly). The 2nd through 5th place essays will be published on A Steak in Genomics blog. We will award $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third place in the contest. New this year, we will have two age divisions, "13 and Younger" and "14 to 19".
Essays will be judged by beef genetics extension specialists, breed association staff, and trade publication staff.
Essays will be judged on their ability to encourage best practices and technology adoption by describing: Trust and effectiveness of beef breeding best practices and technologies.Simplicity of using technology.The profit and sustainability outcomes of using best practices and technology.
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 either at a
year of age o…