At Spring Grove Ranch, we’re not only proud of the quality beef produced on our ranch, but also the quality of the donors we work with. We follow a breeding philosophy that ensures our donors and bulls come from proven pedigrees. Below, you will find information on one of our recent donors: Quaker Hill Blackcap 0A32.
What is an EPD?
EPD stands for “Expected Progeny Differences” which evaluates and weighs the genetic worth of a donor or bull. Typically, an EPD will highlight important traits of the donor such as:
- Phenotype (the frame, shape and muscle thickness of the donor)
- Calving Ease
- Birth Weights
- Mothering abilities
- Milking abilities
When selecting donors for breeding purposes, breeders will match up donors EPD’s with their herd bull’s EPD’s to make sure they are a good match for their cow herd goals. For example, if you are transferring an embryo to another cow who has calving issues, you want to make sure both the donor and the herd bull have low birth weights.
Understanding Donor Terminology
In the cattle industry, cattle are labeled according to three indicators:
- The breeding farm they originate from
- Their cow family lineage
- Their tattoo number
This way, cattle can be efficiently identified at the start of the donor selection process.
About Quaker Hill Blackcap 0A32
Quaker Hill Blackcap 0A32 is an 8 year old donor. Her genomic progeny is 134. Below is her EPD.
You can learn more about this donor on American Angus Association’s website.
If you are starting the breeding process, be sure to check our donors page to find the perfect donor for your cow herd goals.