Mont. -- The American Simmental Association (ASA) has released its Fall 2006 Sire Summary.
The ASA, in cooperation with the Animal Breeding Group at Cornell University and the Center for the Genetic Evaluation of Livestock at Colorado State University, evaluated the progeny of over 100,000 sires, representing in excess of four million individuals. Based on those evaluations, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are published in the summary on over 900 of the most popular sires. Information on all other sires can be accessed at www.simmental.org.
The Fall 2006 Sire Summary represents the 19th 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 complementarity in their crossbreeding programs. ASA EPDs are expressed on a single base regardless of breed makeup, thereby making cumbersome across-breed EPD adjustments unnecessary.
Dr. Wade Shafer, ASA's Director of Performance Programs, says “There is little question that ASA's years of experience in multi-breed evaluation coupled with its industry leading multi-breed database has helped fuel the unprecedented demand for composite seedstock our members have been experiencing.”
This is the 35th 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 2006 Sire Summary, please contact ASA at 406-587-4531, or email simmental@simmgene. com. It can also be viewed at www.simmental. 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.