Utilizing EPDs in the Selection of Sires

July 2017
Matt Spangler
Extension Beef Genetics Specialist
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dr. Spangler discusses how EPDs can be utilized in the selection of sires to help cow-calf producers increase profitability of their operations.  Dr. Spangler shows examples of how differences in breeding values would be expected to impact progeny.  A description of  economic indexes can be found in the NebGuide G1847 Economic Indexes for Beef Sire Selection (PDF version, 374KB) and a full description of all available EPDs can be found in the NebGuide G1967 EPD Basics and Definitions (PDF version, 704KB).

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