The Random Shuffle of Genes: Putting the E in EPD

The Random Shuffle of Genes: Putting the E in EPD

Jared Decker

Extension.org

Why are EPDs imprecise for young animals? How can genomics be used to track the random shuffle of genes? Even though expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been used by the beef industry for over 40 years, many misconceptions still exist. Occasionally we will hear a producer say something like, “I bred my cows to a low birth weight bull, but I had a couple of large calves.”

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