Mont. -- The American Simmental Association (ASA) has released its Fall 2007 Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation.
The progeny of over 100,000 sires of several breeds and breed combinations were evaluated, representing almost six million animals. Based on those evaluations, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) on over 900 of the breed's most popular sires are published in ASA's Fall 2007 Sire Summary, which is available free of charge. Information on reproduction, production and carcass traits for all animals in the ASA database can be accessed at www.simmental.org.
The Fall 2007 Genetic Evaluation represents ASA's 21st official run of the innovative Multiple-Breed International Cattle Evaluation (MB-ICE) system. Developed jointly by ASA and Cornell University, MB-ICE was the industry's first multi-breed genetic evaluation. It was developed to accommodate the needs of ASA members and their customers to better utilize breed complementarily in their crossbreeding programs. ASA EPDs are expressed on a single base regardless of breed makeup, thereby making cumbersome across-breed EPD adjustments unnecessary.
This is the 36th consecutive year that ASA has printed its Sire Summary, making it the first and longest running sire summary in the beef business. It is published twice annually with the March and September issues of SimTalk, ASA's commercial cattlemen's publication. To order a copy of the Fall 2007 Sire Summary, please contact ASA at 406-587-4531, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and maintains the herd registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 8,000. For more information, please visit www.simmental.org.