American Simmental Association established in the year 1968. This Association serves the needs of Simmental and Simbrah cattle breeders. Now, American Simmental Association offers a Simmental and SimAngus DNA profile. This includes the incorporation into the ASA’s genetic evaluation, will significantly enhance expected progeny differences. The new Simmental and SimAngus specific profile is the result of a multi-year collaborative effort. Recent development of product was fuelled by ASA members and staffs, carcass merit co-operators. ASA’s genomic database contains more than 3,000 animals, each with approximately 50,000 genetic data points.
American Simmental Association prefers genomic-enhanced EPDs because of the following factor:
1. Increase confidence: This factor includes Improve reliability of EPDs in young animals and those with low accuracy EPDs, Reduce variation in EPDs as animals become more proven and Boost confidence when making mating decisions.
2. Time and Money Management: This Includes improvement of trait in very short period of time which leads to make better replacement and mating decisions earlier in animal’s productive life and also DNA information is similar to adding progeny records to an animal’s evaluation
3. Accuracy: Accuracy especially in young animals gets improved after adding the DNA information to existing data
4. Single DNA Sample provides many options at low cost. For example: Coat colour, horned-polled and genetic abnormalities
Advantages of Genomic Testing: It will have Low cost, can be done at any age and no parental validation fee, improved accuracy of EPDs for young and less proven animals.Read More»