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last updated: November 8, 2014

 

New Genetic Selection Videos on Iowa Beef Center Website

ABCs of EPDs videos are part of genetic selection page on IBC website

5/20/14

Contacts: Patrick Wall, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist, 515-450-7665, patwall@iastate.edu
Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Beef Center, 515-294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu

KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- No matter how complex the gamut of information on breeding decisions available to producers, a simple and timely review of the basics can often help provide better understanding of the tools and processes. That’s why the Iowa Beef Center has posted four new videos on a new webpage devoted to genetic selection topics, including expected progeny differences (EPDs).

“Pre- and post- meeting evaluations on EPDs at recent bull selection clinics showed a significant portion of the audience still needed a refresher,” said Patrick Wall, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist. “These videos should help clear up some of the confusion producers face before opening up that next sale catalog or attending that upcoming meeting on genomic-enhanced selection.”

The four new videos focus on specifically identified EPD basic information segments: calving ease, growth traits, maternal traits, and carcass traits, making it easy for viewers to find the subject they want, Wall said.

“People don’t need to watch segments on maternal EPDs if they are only interested in carcass traits,” he said. “Viewers receive narration of individual EPDs, interpretations of the definitions and units of measure, and explanations of some methods on how to avoid over-selection. Additional environmental scenarios are covered to help producers escape potential pitfalls in profitability.”

This new page is on the IBC website. Each video entry is linked directly to that specific video on the IBC YouTube channel.  Additional resources and links will be added as they’re available.

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The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org

 

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