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Easy EPDs
Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:08 AM CDT

Data is plentiful in the cattle business these days. Breed associations carry, and regularly update, EPDs (expected progeny differences) on an ever increasing number of traits. Want to see EPDs on marbling? Feed efficiency? Yearling weights? It's all a mouse click away.

For many commercial cattlemen, a common goal is to have as many calves as possible born without difficulty, a trait referred to as calving ease. Bulls used on heifers play a big role in calving ease. Producers used to judge bulls on birth weight EPDs, as well as on actual birth weight. But today's calving-ease EPDs tell a ...

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