We like to think that we have the best selection of sires in the region. Though this may sound a little forward, we believe this because we know where our sires come from. In fact, we ensure our sires come from long lineages of proven pedigrees. Quaker Hill Blindside is no exception to this. Get to know this sire and his EPD below.
Deciphering a Bull’s EPD
An Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) gives a snapshot into the genetic makeup of a bull and what he transmits to his offspring. An EPD covers the basic details of breeder information, lineage and age. Then, it delves deeper into EPD percentiles; which exhibit the genomic results of four categories:
- Production: The qualities of the sire’s sons
- Maternal: The qualities of the sire’s daughters
- Carcass: The structure of the sire.
- $Values: a prediction of the sire performance, expressed in dollars per head.
Additionally, each category is broken down by abbreviated terms and (+/-) numbers. The abbreviated terms cover specific EPD’s such as birth weight, calving ease and carcass weight. The (+/-) numbers indicate either an expressed difference between bulls in that particular database or the height and pounds expected in the offspring. The American Angus Association breaks this down further, “Each bull listed in this report is comparable to every other bull in the database. The analysis takes into account only the differences expressed in each herd in which the bulls were used. For example, bull A has a weaning EPD of +30 lb. and bull B has a weaning EPD of +20 lb. If you randomly mate these bulls in your herd, you could expect bull A’s calves to weigh, on average, 10 lb. More at weaning than bull B’s progeny (30-20=10).”
How To Strategically Use an EPD
We get it—there is a plethora of information to review in a bull’s EPD. And while its essential to inspect all the data, it’s important to keep in mind the goals of your herd. For example, if you are concerned about first-time calving ease of your herd’s virgin heifers, focus on looking for a higher Calving Ease Direct (CED) result and a lower Birth Weight (BW) result. Another example is if you are wanting to increase the weaning weight of all offspring born to your herd, aim for a higher Weaning Weight (WW) EPD.
About Quaker Hill Blindside
Quaker Hill Blindside is a 2 year old bull originally bred at Quaker Hill Farms in Louisa, VA. Below is his EPD percentiles.
You can learn more about Quaker Hill Blindside by visiting Angus Association’s website.