UltraBeef Ultrasound Services strives to bring you
top quality carcass ultrasound images, while improving beef quality
and genetics throughout various breeds of cattle in Manitoba and
Carcass EPDs are becoming common in this era when
more economically important traits are being added to national cattle
evaluation programs. Traditionally, carcass traits were evaluated
solely using progeny tests. One limitation to progeny testing is,
of course, cost. Also, for bulls to be evaluated in such a program,
he must produce progeny on which carcass data are collected. This
is a process that typically requires about two years beginning at
the point when a bull is, at a minimum of 13 to 15 months of age.
Bulls are typically at least 3 to 4 years of age before carcass
data are available from his progeny that can be used for national
cattle evaluation. A more efficient method would provide carcass
EPD on bulls at younger ages.
Ultrasound offers the opportunity to enhance carcass
EPDs so that effective selection and marketing decisions can be
made with regard to improving carcass merit. Several breeds have
already begun building carcass and ultrasound databases and plan
to implement national or even North American carcass evaluation
programs. It is important for breeders to understand the benefits
of ultrasound data and national cattle evaluation for carcass traits.
Producers are encouraged to contact their respective breed associations
or beef improvement groups for more information.
The Measurements You Receive:
- Ribeye Area (square inches)
- Rump Fat Thickness
- Rib Fat Thickness
- % IMF (Intramuscular Fat)
Scanning Our Way into the Future - by Shari Beamish
Live Carcass Ultrasound - The Preparation & The Payoff -
by Shari Beamish