Use the Numbers Correctly This Bull Sale Season

By Matt Spangler, UNL Associate Professor and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist

This bull sale season, profit-minded cattle producers will utilize expected progeny differences (EPD) and economic selection indices when selecting their next group of bulls.  These tools are far more accurate at predicting the average difference in offspring than visual appraisal or actual weights.  This is beyond contestation.

That said, it is

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