The American Angus Association® is giving breeders — large- and small-scale — another powerful tool to advance herd genetics. Through the Association’s AAA Login, members can now access expected progeny difference (EPD) sorts, free of charge.
The new function allows users to sort any EPD or $Value for current sires, dams, or non-parent bulls and cows. Producers can focus searches on whatever criteria they are interested in viewing.
“The tool narrows down results for producers to match genetics to their particular herd goals,” says Don Laughlin, Association director of member services.
When sorting cattle in the database, a user can view the top 100 animals that meet the specified criteria. The more strict the search, the lower the number of results.
The EPD Sorts program debuted Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, and within two hours, 200 free searches were completed by Association members. Before the free selection process was added to AAA Login, searching specific EPDs cost $15 per EPD category.
The feature is particularly helpful for smaller producers. The new function allows genetics from any herd to be easily found by other breeders looking to meet particular goals.
“Animals that do not meet minimum requirements to show up in the Sire Evaluation Report will be accessible via AAA Login’s sort tool,” Laughlin says.
This, and a host of other genetic tools are available through the Association’s data entry and management service, AAA Login. The service began in 2001 with 21 features, and has since grown to nearly 80 producer tools online. The site allows producers to register animals, submit Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®), pay membership fees and more.
“We are constantly adding new features based on breeder feedback,” says Chris Stallo, the Association’s assistant director of information systems. “Our goal is to provide user-friendly programs that Angus producers can put to work on their operations.”
Current AAA Login users can click on the “Interactive Tools” menu to access the sort feature. Members new to the program can visit www.angusonline.org and click “Sign Me Up.”
For more information contact Information Systems at 816-383-5100.
The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 30,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers.
For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.
For more information contact:
Carrie Gilliam, communications coordinator, at 816-383-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Chris Stallo, assistant director of information systems, at 816-383-5100 or email@example.com