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Over the last three- to four-decade period, the beef industry has made great use of genetic selection tools to improve economically important traits. Much of that improvement is due to the implementation and use of expected progeny differences (EPDs).

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Cow-calf producers are familiar with the concept that cow fertility is the major driver for positive profit margins in their herds. However, we may not be used to seeing actual number calculations or projections from where these types of statements are derived.

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Finding the best bull for your cow herd requires an understanding of EPDs and the accuracy values of those EPDs, as well as having a network of professionals you can call upon when assistance is needed.

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The value of accurate data only continues to grow in today’s fast-moving beef industry.

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When it comes to setting your herd up for sustainable success, good nutrition truly has a domino effect.

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Most articles about the value of pregnancy diagnosis focus on identifying the open cow and getting her off the feed bill. With carrying cost being more than $2 per day over the winter, there is a lot of value in that approach.

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