Source: Iowa State University Extension
As bull sale season approaches, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialists will prepare producers for the gamut of information coming at them in A.I. books and sale catalogs. ISU Extension and Outreach is offering two meetings for producers wanting to learn more about genomic-enhanced EPDs, how to implement $Value Indexes into selection methods and estrus synchronization program options.
Patrick Gunn, cow-calf specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will cover how to capture the benefits of elite genetics through synchronized breeding.
"Results from our fall listening sessions and heifer development series showed a consistent desire to know more about genetics, and these meetings are a direct response to that need," Gunn said.
Patrick Wall, southeast Iowa extension beef specialist, will discuss genomic-enhanced EPDs, $Value Indexes and how to apply them to selection.
"Working for a breed association, I partnered with USDA to develop three $Value Indexes," Wall said. "Genomic-enhanced or not, producers need to understand what an EPD or Index tells them, and what it doesn’t."
These clinics should help producers gain more confidence when selecting sires or buying bulls to fit their operations’ goals. Bull buying scenarios will be used to close the meetings, giving attendees the chance to apply what they’ve learned.
The first meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. Admission is free and dinner will be provided. The second event will be at the McNay Research Farm near Chariton on March 6 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided and there’s no charge to attend.