The Canadian beef cattle genetic evaluation program is described. Methods for national and within-herd evaluations are discussed. National evaluations are used by the beef industry primarily to identify superior beef sires, while within-herd evaluations provide individual breeders with timely information on the genetic ranking of all animals, the amount and direction of genetic change, and the genetic performance of the herd in comparison to the national average. The future direction of beef genetic evaluations in Canada is also discussed.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 17. Genetics and breeding of dairy and beef cattle, swine and horses, , 184–187, 1994
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