No matter how complex the gamut of information on breeding decisions available to producers, a simple and timely review of the basics can often help provide better understanding of the tools and processes. That's why the Iowa Beef Center has posted four new videos on a new webpage devoted to genetic selection topics, including expected progeny differences (EPDs).
"Pre- and post- meeting evaluations on EPDs at recent bull selection clinics showed a significant portion of the audience still needed a refresher," says Patrick Wall, Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist. "These videos should help clear up some of the confusion producers face before opening up the next sale catalog or attending an upcoming meeting on genomic-enhanced selection."
Videos make refreshing your understanding of EPDs simple
The four new videos focus on specifically identified EPD basic information segments: calving ease, growth traits, maternal traits, and carcass traits, making it easy for viewers to find the subject they want, Wall says.
"People don't need to watch segments on maternal EPDs if they are only interested in carcass traits," he adds. "Viewers receive narration of individual EPDs, interpretations of the definitions and units of measure, and explanations of some methods on how to avoid over-selection. Additional environmental scenarios are covered to help producers escape potential pitfalls in profitability."
The new page is online at the Iowa Beef Center website. Additional resources and links will be added as they're available.
Northwest Iowa workshops to feature new feedlot software
In other news from the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a workshop featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program (FMP) software. The workshops will be Tuesday, June 10, at the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office in Orange City. ISU Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran says the workshops will help both experienced users as well as people who've never used it to learn more about the software.
"The new program allows individual animal monitoring and projections, which are major changes from older FMP software," she says. "Other new features include the tracking of drug inventories and treatment protocols, and the incorporation of environmental records to help an operation meet current reporting requirements."
IBC offers different sessions for experience with software
Instructors are Garland Dahlke, computer specialist for the Iowa Beef Center, and Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center. The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and is for those with limited-to-no experience with the FMP. The afternoon session, runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and is designed for people who have moderate-to-extensive experience with a previous version of the FMP.
"All participants will use an ISU computer, but may bring their own computer if they wish to purchase and install the new version and transfer their existing data files into the new version," Doran says. "However, participants in either workshop aren't required to buy the software in order to attend."
Cost to attend either session is $10 per person. Because there is a limit of 15 operations per session, reservations will be taken in the order received. Those who want to attend should preregister as soon as possible. To register contact the Sioux County Extension office at 712-737-4230 or email Doran at [email protected]. For more information about IBC visit www.iowabeefcenter.org.