The American Angus Association has released two new EPDs and made several changes to the $Value indexes. Learn about the new traits and index updates so you can make informed sire selection decisions.
The new EPDs include:
1. Claw set (Claw) - expressed in units of claw-set score
2. Foot angle (Angle) - expressed in units of foot-angle score
The breed average for both traits is currently 0.5. This means an animal with an EPD less than 0.5 can be considered a breed improver for the trait. To learn more about these new EPDs, read the article from the May 2019 Angus Journal.
In addition, you will notice changes to the $Values. A new model was implemented for $B which places greater emphasis on marbling and yield. The new economic values utilized in $B were also applied to $G and $F. $QG and $YG were removed, and all indexes are now rounded to the whole dollar. $W remains the same, other than the routine annual update to economic assumptions.
The American Angus Association also released Maternal Weaned Calf Value ($M). $M includes nine maternally focused traits including calving ease direct and maternal, weaning weight, milk, mature weight, heifer pregnancy, docility and the two new foot score EPDs.
For more information about the changes to the $Value indexes, visit www.angus.org/index.
Click here for a sortable file of the May, 31, 2019, Angus EPDs. Look for Claw, Angle and $M on the GENEX website bull pages and watch for them to be coming to the GENEX Beef app soon.
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