Beginner’s Introduction to EPDs

Beginner’s Introduction to EPDs

Kristin Lewis Hawkins

The Cattleman

You may have heard the term epd when looking for a new herd bull or seen the tables of numbers and symbols while leafing through sale catalogs. It probably looks like advanced-level equations that require classes to gain an extensive knowledge of genetics for it to make sense.

However, do not let what appears overly complicated intimidate you — once you know what you are looking at, and with a little practice, EPDs can become a valuable tool to help you make decisions for your operation.

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