Using Sire EPDs in Cow-Calf Production

Using Sire EPDs in Cow-Calf Production

Sidney M. DeRouen

Louisiana State University

A large segment of the beef cattle industry is adopting expected progeny differences (EPDs) as a valuable selection tool in improving calf productivity. EPD is the difference in performance (measured in pounds, percent, inches, etc.) expected in progeny, or offspring, of individual sires.

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