Source: Beef Cattle Research Council, www.BeefResearch.ca Do you raise your own heifers? Or do you prefer to purchase your replacements? Regardless of your choice, developing heifers costs money and requires careful management. Ideally, replacement heifers will go on to become long-term producers...
Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry The third article in this six part series looks at benchmarks and ways to track the genetic performance of the herd. A pilot project aimed to help Alberta producers adopt new technology and innovation recently brought...
Source: Canadian Angus Association The Canadian Angus Association (CAA) is very grateful for the investment of $238,920 from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (the Partnership) AgriAssurance program to help us use genomic tools to select for foot and leg health and...
Source: Alberta Beef Producers Major step to boost productivity of the Canadian herd. Cattle genomics research holds tremendous promise to unlock the blueprints for animals that use less food, finish better and produce less waste. In this study, researchers identified several...
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Selecting which breed of bull to buy when there are over 70 different beef breeds to choose from has always been a difficult decision. However the last few years has seen...
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Chen, L., Vinsky, M.D., and Li, C. (2015). "Accuracy of predicting genomic breeding values for carcass merit traits in Angus and Charolais beef cattle.", Animal Genetics, 46(1), pp. 55-59. doi : 10.1111/age.12238  Access to full text Abstract Accuracy...
Source: Canadian Angus Association It would be easier if we could assume that the highest EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences) are the best. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. Like most decisions, using EPDs for sire selection involves tradeoffs. For example, bulls...
Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs FACT SHEET written by: Joanne Handley - Beef Cattle Geneticist/OMAFRA Breed Comparisons The environments and resources available to raise beef cattle are as varied as the breeds themselves.Table 1 groups breeds into biological...
Source: Beef Genomic Prediction Trial About the project: The beef genomic prediction trial project is a pilot project funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in collaboration with Livestock Gentec, University of Alberta and Delta Genomics Edmonton. The objective of the...
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Mystery in The Feedlot Predicting cattle performance is one of the great mysteries of the complex art/science known as feedlot production. Feedstuffs are evaluated, rations are balanced and vaccines administered. Cattle are sorted and...
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