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Genetic Evaluation is Now in the Hands of Commercial Cattle Producers

by in My View From The Country, Beef Magazine

Long the purview of the seedstock business, genetic and genomic evaluation tools are now in the hands of commercial producers.

Troy Marshall

It seems that everyone in seedstock circles is talking about genomically-enhanced EPDs and the rapid changes occurring in the seedstock industry. With the advent of multi-breed evaluations and improvements in national genetic evaluations, the rate of progress is unprecedented. The seedstock industry in many respects will be almost unrecognizable in five years compared to what it is today.

Perhaps the biggest step in this regard has been taken, with very little fanfare, by the American Simmental Association (ASA), which now provides EPDs for commercial cowherds. Commercial cattlemen who participate will be the beneficiary of selection tools that, in time, will be as powerful, if not more so, than what the seedstock industry enjoys today. The ability to fine-tune selection decisions, optimize profits and ensure sustainability from a genetic selection perspective is entering a brave new era.

Yet, the greatest impact of these changes will be felt by the commercial industry. The rate of change in our genetics is occurring quickly, and while the differentiation between those who do and don’t take advantage of that is growing in every segment, nowhere is it more pronounced than at the commercial cow-calf level.

That brave new era will be met with more than just a little discomfort in all segments, but the technology has evolved to the point where the only limitation to improved genetic selection will be producers’ willingness to utilize the tools available.

For the longest time, genetic evaluation tools were almost monopolistic; they were only valuable to registered, purebred populations and to those willing to invest significant time and resources to collect and analyze data. Those walls are crumbling, and it is hard to imagine that the different EPD bases that make it difficult to compare animals across breeds or with varying breed compositions will last much longer.

We are entering a time where everyone will have equal access to data, meaning genetics will be valued based on their true value regardless of their origin, breed or breed composition. The competitive advantages won by exclusive databases will actually become limitations as the industry moves to having one database that eliminates the barriers to competition and allows selection decisions to be based less and less on perception and more and more on science.

The ASA has led the way in terms of multi-breed evaluations and now it has taken the step to give that power to commercial producers. Remember the days when we all had 70 pound birth weights, 1,200 pound cows, calves with all their shots, the promise of nothing more than our eyeballs that we purchased good bulls and a market that paid nearly the same price for calves after adjusting for color, condition, fill and lot size? I have a feeling I will be telling my grandkids about it one of these days and they will give me the same quizzical look I get when I try to explain to my kids about floppy disks and Blockbuster video stores.

May 23, 2015: Update from Dr. Beever: Further testing that indicates 1SM00131 W/C WIDE TRACK 694Y is in fact CAF

May 8, 2015 update:

The original genotyping was in error.

W/C Wide Track 694Y has been found to be CA (Fawn Calf) free! Both his sire and dam  were tested free, and to date, 20 progeny have been tested free as well, which prompted further testing. After further investigation, Wide Track tested free of the genetic defect. Werning Cattle Company, South Dakota and Genex Cooperative, Wisconsin, and the American Simmental Association appreciate the Simmental Industry’s patience and understanding during this very difficult past two weeks.

Statement from Jon Beever:

In relation to the naming of W/C WIDE TRACK 694Y (2588250) as a CA-carrier (CAC), we have conducted further testing that indicates the bull is in fact CAF, and that the original genotyping was in error.

After initially testing the bull as CAC, the test was repeated twice using additional DNA samples isolated at the same time and putatively belonging to the bull, those tests also indicated that the sample was CAC. Following this testing, the notification of his carrier status was made. However, during a follow-up that included genotyping of the bull’s sire and dam, both parents were determined to be CAF. Thus, a new straw of semen was acquired from the bull this morning (May 7) and genotyping completed today. Using this new and independent sample, the bull genotypes as CAF.

We are currently in the process of conducting an investigation as to how the error occurred. This should be completed in the next day or two. Currently, we believe that the original sample assigned to the bull was switched during the previous DNA isolation process with one of 65 additional samples handled at the same time.


Managing Genetic Conditions
Every individual carries defective mutations. This includes you and me. In fact, every human carries about 20 copies of potentially lethal defective genes. Thankfully, in most cases our second copy of the gene is normal and is able to make life possible. Hence, you are able to sit and read this oblivious of your broken genes. With simple recessive traits (DD, AM, NH, CA, OS, etc.), an animal must carry two copies of the defective gene in order to show the condition. An animal that carries one of these mutations (carrier) bred to an animal without this mutation (free) would result in half of the progeny being carriers and all the progeny would appear normal. Mating two carrier animals will result in 25% affected calves, 50% normal phenotype but carriers of the defective gene, and 25% free of the genetic defect.

2015 Fall Focus: Confidence Builds Success

Educational Session and ASA Board Meeting

"Confidence Builds Success"

September 14-17,  2015

Gettysburg, PA

Hosted by:

The American Simmental Association

and the Pennsylvania Simmental Association

Although there is no registration fee for Fall Focus, registration is required to plan for meals, breaks, and room set up.

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National beef symposium heads to Biloxi in 2015

BILOXI, Miss. -- A national organization dedicated to improving the beef industry will hold its annual meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June and bring together cattle producers from across the world.

The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Convention, themed “Rebuilding a Cowherd,” will take place June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi. The annual conference allows participants to discuss issues involving genetic improvements, new technologies, and management practices to aid profitability in beef production.

Brandi Karisch, a Mississippi State University Extension Service animal scientist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is coordinating the event.

“This is a great opportunity for researchers, industry representatives and beef producers from across the Southeast to attend the international meeting in their backyard,” Karisch said. “Participants will exchange ideas and receive information from experts on beef cattle and the industry from across the country and beyond.”

The schedule of events features speakers from across the country, including several preconference symposiums, a post-conference tour, and a spouse tour. Awards will honor the Commercial Producer of the Year and Seedstock Producer of the Year. Award honorees will also receive pioneer awards and continuing service awards.

“The facilities, food and hospitality of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are second to none,” Karisch said. “We are excited to showcase what the beef producers of Mississippi have to offer.” The organization’s website with updated conference information, including hotel accommodations, is http://beefimprovement.org.

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2015 National Classic


July 6-11, 2015

Judge: Jack Ward, Plattsburg, MO
Brazos County Expo Center · 5827 Leonard Road,

Bryan, TX 77807

 

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2015 Eastern Regional Classic

 

June 24-27, 2015
Judge: Brandon Callis, Brenham, TX
Big E Fairgrounds

1305 Memorial Ave · West Springfield, MA 01089

 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

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Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah


 

 

 

2015 North Central Regional Classic

June 16-19, 2015
Mower Country Fairgrounds
700 12th ST. SW
Austin, MN 55912

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah


 

 

2015 South Central Regional Classic


June 7-10, 2015
Judge: Brandon Callis, Brenham, TX
Ozark Empire Fairgrounds

3001 N Grant Avenue · Springfield, Missouri 65803

 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie Simbrah

 

 



2015 Western Regional Classic Registration

 

June 26-28, 2015
Gallatin County Fairgrounds

901 N Black Street · Bozeman, MT 59715 

Information Sheet

Classic Rules

Online Registration

Sally Simmental

Susie

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Sire Source
Seeking Semen Samples

The ASA is looking for DNA samples on  Black Bear (ASA # 1667313), LBS THE FOREMAN 702T (ASA #2417975), and Remington Secret Weapon 185 (ASA #2551350)
We would use these samples to get SNPs on file for parent verification. If you have a sample and would like to donate some DNA to the ASA, please contact the ASA at DNA@simmgene.com. By donating, you can also get a tax deduction for a charitable donation to a non profit organization.
Shear Force Accuracy Bulls
Want to help improve our prediction for tenderness and carcass traits?  The American Simmental Association is collaborating with Dr. Jared Decker at the University of Missouri to learn more about the genetic control of tenderness in many different breeds.  Dr. Decker and his team is working to create breed-specific and multi-breed genomic predictions for tenderness and other carcass traits.  Dr. Decker plans to genotype approximately 168 Simmental bulls for this project in exchange for the pedigree and EPD data from the ASA.  We need help to collect samples.  Please review the list of qualifying bulls and send us some DNA if you have it.  The lab would prefer to work with semen (just one straw is needed and you can send it protected in a regular envelope).  Send samples c/o Jackie Atkins at The American Simmental Association, 1 Simmental Way, Bozeman, MT 59715.  Thanks for your help!

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tReg is an extended electronic version of he Register reaching beyond the bounds of print to delve deeper into the stories of Simmental and SimGenetics producers and programs.

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Read about posts like these:
  • When Does ASA Require DNA Testing?
  • Looking for Holb Semen Donation
  • Grab a Keyboard – It’s Time to Report Calf Data
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  • DNA Parentage Results – What if animal doesn’t qualify?

 

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Eight Steps to International Business:

 

Will Townsend
Director of Commercial and Industry Operations
During a recent trip to Colombia, I had the opportunity to accompany a number of cattlemen who have experienced varying degrees of success in the international cattle business. I tried to act as a sponge during the trip, taking in methodology and tactics for cattlemen with an interest in pursuing business in Colombia and on other international fronts. After a number of interviews, lots of observation, and some research, I established some basic steps that business men and women can utilize to get started with their international program or at least to investigate the potential of establishing an international program. Most of these principles directly apply to seedstock producers but many of them can be applied to other portions of the cattle industry.

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