The American Shorthorn Association (ASA) will become the first breed association to record a 100% British composite — the Durham Red.

With the first to be recorded this fall, the Durham Red animal will be defined as a combination of Shorthorn and Red Angus genetics ranging from ¼ to ¾ Shorthorn blood. Both sire and dam must be registered with their respective breed associations and EPDs of both breeds will be incorporated into a multi-breed analysis for calculation of Durham Red EPDs.

ASA says the Shorthorn influence will contribute a highly maternal and docile female that provides feedlot progeny with more efficient gains and greater marketing flexibility. Meanwhile, the Red Angus component allows Shorthorn breeders to incorporate EPDs offered by the Red Angus Association of America.