DENVER, Colo. (January 03, 2011) Expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the spring 2011 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation are now available on the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) Web site (www.nalf.org). Pedigree and performance records for more than 2 million Limousin-based cattle in the United States underpin the latest sire summary, which includes more than 3,400 active bulls.
Users can employ the site's "Sire Selector" tool to specify EPD-selection criteria in searching qualified Limousin and Lim-Flex® bulls. The pedigree and EPD lookup allows them to search for information - including available DNA-test results - about a particular animal.
The site's "Genetics & Performance" section includes the spring 2011 EPD statistics, percentiles and trends; sire summary qualifications; general sire listing; and trait leaders.
"Limousin is an ideal complement to British based cow herds," said Bob Hough, Ph.D., executive vice president for NALF. "Moderate mature cow size and birth weight, growth, moderate milk, and proven docility, spur demand for Limousin genetics. The proof is evident from this fall's video market auction results, where Limousin influenced calves sold at a premium."
During its' 40-plus years in North America, upgrading and growing the Limousin breed has been a priority since Prince Pompadour was first introduced. Once introduced, commercial producers sought Limousin bulls to improve the growth of their traditional British based cattle. Today is no different, commercial producers still seekLimousin bulls to improve their British based herds. Limousin and Lim-Flex® cattle have become the craze at auction markets and video sales across the country.
"The impact that Limousin genetics have had on the commercial industry is impressive," Hough continued. "Quarter and half-blood calves perform on the cow, in the feedlot and on the rail."
"Our 13 EPDs and Mainstream Terminal Index predict genetic rankings among animals, and they are the most accurate predictors of genetic merit," Hough explained. "Our genetic evaluation provides Limousin breeders and their commercial customers with helpful selection tools for genetic improvement."
Limousin and Lim-Flex® bull buyers can get updated EPD reports for their bull inventories free of charge by contacting the NALF office. Active NALF members can view their whole-herd EPDs via the Web site's secured, members-only portion (http://online.nalf.org). They also can request EPDs from the NALF office free of charge.
The North American Limousin Foundation (www.nalf.org), headquartered in Centennial, Colo., provides programs and services - including genetic evaluation of 5,000 active sires - to more than 3,000 members and their commercial customers. The Limousin breed and its Lim-Flex® hybrid lead the beef industry in muscle-growth efficiency and ideally complement British breeds.