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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

Yon Family Farms Use Genomic Test to Deliver More Predictable Seedstock


Kevin and Lydia Yon describe their motivation for using genomic-enhanced EPDs in a recent segment on The Angus Report. Listening to their comments, one gets the sense that a good reputation from a reliable product is important to their operation. To provide reliable information to their commercial bull buyers they have collected various forms of performance data, from weights to ultrasound data. They value the increase accuracy of genomic-enhanced EPDs and feel that they can be more confident in the bulls they place with customers.

The approach Yon Family Farms is just one of many applications and benefits of genomic-enhanced EPDs. Genomic-enhanced EPDs can also be used to increase rate of genetic progress, select for an optimum, decrease the generation interval, put more intensity on the selection of females, or select for difficult to measure traits.

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