Detroit Lakes Angus breeder recognized for owning proven bulls
Kevin J. Olson of Detroit Lakes owns four bulls listed in the Spring 2009 Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,175 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.
"This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," says Bill Bowman, American Angus Association chief operating officer (COO) and director of performance programs.
Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,800 Angus breeders this past year through the Association's Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program.
EPDs are listed for growth and maternal traits, as well as carcass traits that integrate performance records from the carcass and ultrasound databases. Decision-making tools also include $Values in the suite of bio-economic indexes designed to assist commercial producers in simplifying the genetic selection process.
In addition, the Spring 2009 Sire Evaluation Report includes updated research reports for docility and heifer pregnancy.
The semi-annual analysis for the Sire Evaluation Report contains more than 17 million measures used to generate more than 47 million EPDs for the Angus Breed.
The American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services for nearly 33.000 members nationwide and thousands of commercial producers who use Angus genetics. Go to www.angus.org for more information.