EPDs Provide the Most Accurate Selection Method

EPDs Provide the Most Accurate Selection Method

Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson

Cattle Today

Selecting beef cattle based on expected progeny difference (EPD) values provides the most accurate selection method currently available to beef producers for economically important traits. EPD values predict on average how future progeny of each animal are expected to perform relative to the progeny of other animals. It cannot be over emphasized that EPD values must be combined with visual appraisal for structural correctness, muscling and overall eye appeal when making herd selection decisions.

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