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Driving the science of better breeding

            There’s little room for error in the cattle business. Producers need the most advanced information to make smart
            selection decisions, and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) provides it through genomic-enhanced expected progeny
            differences (GE-EPDs).

            GE-EPDs have become the industry standard for herd improvement, building on decades of science-backed genetic
            evaluation tools originated and maintained through the American Angus Association , home to the largest and ever-
            growing single-breed beef cattle database.

            EPDs that traditionally contained all pedigree, performance and progeny information now also include results from
            available genomic, or DNA, tests. Breeders who use genomic technology give buyers access to AGI-generated GE-EPDs
            that provide:

                         Increased predictability and decreased risk for young and unproven animals due to enhanced
                         accuracy of EPDs

                         Better characterization of genetics for diffi cult-to-measure performance traits
                         (such as carcass traits, maternal traits and feed effi ciency)

                         The ability to make more rapid progress for traits that are important to you, due to:
                             ·  more accurate selection
                             ·  easier identifi cation of genetic outliers
                             ·  the ability to propagate young animals with confi dence earlier in their lives

            In fact, GE-EPDs on unproven animals have the same amount of accuracy as if they had recorded 8-33 calves,
            depending on the trait. That’s valuable insight, offered regularly through the breed’s weekly national cattle evaluation.
                          Trait               Progeny Equivalent  Trait               Progeny Equivalent

                          Calving Ease Direct       28            Milk                      33
                          Birth Weight              21            Mature Weight             11
                          Weaning Weight            26            Mature Height             8
                          Yearling Weight           21            Carcass Weight            9
                          Dry Matter Intake         8             Yearling Height           11
                          Scrotal Circumference     13            Carcass Marbling          9
                          Docility                  10            Carcass Ribeye            12
                          Heifer Pregnancy          14            Carcass Fat               10
            How do you know if EPDs are genomic-enhanced?
            Ask your breeder, refer to the registration paper, or look for the AGI GE-EPD logo, Angus GS   powered by partner
            Neogen GeneSeek or the HD50k or i50k by partner Zoetis. These images indicate animals for which low-density or
            high-density genomic testing has been conducted and incorporated by AGI into GE-EPDs

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