When you’re in the breeding industry, there are plenty of sires and donors to choose from. But the big question is: Are you receiving the quality and production value you expect for your dollar? Looking for cattle with elite genetics means you are purchasing a bovine that comes from a long line of proven pedigrees; which can also mean your potential bovine will be in the top percentiles in key areas. Read below to find out how to identify the best pedigree cattle for your herd.
Take a Deep Look into the Ancestry
When you are searching for a sire, donor or even a replacement heifer, the Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) help breeders make an informed decision. While the EPD percentiles hold a wealth of data, the ancestry section can arguably be just as powerful of a tool in your decision making process. When you know the lineage line, you will have a better understanding of the genetic and production value the bovine can contribute to your herd.
To research the ancestry, look at the section section of the EPD. You will see four generations listed as well as the following American Angus Association registration numbers. From there you can use the EPD search or simply click the hyperlinked registration number to pull up the ancestor’s EPD.
Using Elite Genetics For Cowherd Goals
Even though elite genetics is about finding a bovine who is in the top 10% or better, the sire or donor doesn’t have to be 10% all around (which is like finding a needle in a haystack). Instead, look for cattle that is 10% in the areas that matter most.
In general, it’s always wise to find cattle that match your cowherd goals. For example: if you are looking to breed replacement heifers, you need a sire who has top percentages in the maternal EPD percentile. Or if you are planning on raising cattle for the beef industry, aim for a sire or dam that has top percentages for the carcass percentile.
This technique will keep you from getting frustrated trying to find the perfect specimen, but rather you’re just finding the right, pedigree bovine for your needs.
Minimizing the Risk of Capital Loss
No one wants to deal with sick cattle. And while it’s impossible to fully predict the longevity and health conditions of any living creature, you can get a decent genetic estimate of what to expect by simply investigating the lineage.
When you buy a bovine that comes from proven pedigrees, the less likely you will have to deal with any genetic-prone illnesses and deformities on a large scale. On the other hand, if you buy a sire or donor without doing your genetic research, you may risk being blindsided by deformities and illnesses later during the cattle’s production years, which can cause money (and a headache) in the future.
We Value Elite Genetics As Much as You Do
Of course, one of the best ways to ensure you are getting bovines with elite genetics is to conduct business with a reputable breeder. At Spring Grove Ranch, we only look for the best cattle for breeding. In fact, we follow our breeding integrity surrounds producing cattle that come from a long line of proven pedigrees. Contact us anytime about one of our sires or donors or come visit the ranch for one of our annual sales.