IGS Releases Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT

International Genetic Solutions (IGS) has implemented a revolutionary beef genetic evaluation that uses a single-step genomic marker effects model. This new approach, referred to as the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT, results in more precise EPD predictions, the most valid accuracy values currently possible, and widespread refinements across the board for the predictions of stayability, calving ease, and growth traits. Multi-breed, directly comparable EPDs, and weekly evaluation runs – welcome to the power of collaboration. Welcome to IGS.

ASA’s Open House and Grand Opening

By Emme Troendle Reflecting on the Grand Opening, Wade Shafer, EVP said, “By all accounts, ASA’s Grand Opening and Fall Focus was a smashing success. We had great speakers, great discussion and great fellowship. A big thank you goes out to all involved. Thank you! Thank you!”   To kick-off the Grand Opening ceremony, ASA…

“It Can Be Done, But It’s Not Easy”

A Story of Uncommon Perseverance with Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals By Courtney Wesner Last year, I was privileged to hear one of the most truthful stories of perseverance, heart, and guts that I have ever heard ~ it is the story of Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals. Let me share with you…

An Unprecedented Collaboration

by Emme Troendle “In the first few decades of national cattle evaluation, universities performed evaluations for the beef industry. The universities largely underwrote the research and development, establishing the software and the methodology to advance genetic evaluation for the beef breeds,” said Wade Shafer, CEO of ASA, when asked about the origins of International Genetics…

The Rancher’s Way with Daniel Ulmanis

The Rancher’s Way with Daniel Ulmanis The next generation of ranching and ASA Field Representation By Courtney Wesner Every cattleman knows the tranquility that comes over as you check cows in the pasture. Whether you hop on a horse, jump in the truck, straddle the four-wheeler, or slide across the bench of an ATV to…

“It Takes a Breeder to Know a Breeder”

“It Takes a Breeder to Know a Breeder” A closer look at evaluation with 2014 National Western judge Tom Hook By Courtney Wesner Becoming a reputable seedstock breeder could be and has been described by many as an uphill battle. It’s something like becoming a respected politician. Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and a clean record are…

Inspiration through Education with Dr. Bert Moore

Inspiration through Education with Dr. Bert Moore Teaching from chalkboard to ringside  By Courtney Wesner Bert Moore, Ph.D., has always inspired. A true educator at heart, Moore has spent his adult life teaching the next generation of animal scientists at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo. His newly contracted position as an American Simmental…