The much anticipated IGS Single-Step Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT is finally here! You can find the new single-step EPDs in DigitalBeef. Going forward, we plan to upload new EPDs on Mondays at noon Central time.
We hope you take the time to review the new EPDs to get a grasp on how the new run might differ from previous evaluations. Please realize that just like the implementation of any new program in any business, there are likely to be some minor issues that will need to be resolved. The IGS team has spent months and countless man hours to make this new genetic evaluation system as strong as possible, and even this team of elite scientists will experience some hiccups.
Please take notice that breed averages have changed and some of the traits in our EPD lineup will look different. We have resources available to help with some of the questions you may have with the new system. We will circulate these resources via the ASA website, Insider e-newsletter, social media, and the Shorthorn Country. As a starting point, please reference the March and April Shorthorn Country issues for articles discussing some of the FAQ associated with the new single-step EPDs.
We have reviewed the new EPDs for several hundred of the breed’s leading sires by registrations to get an overview of what to expect with the new EPD calculations. We are not physically able to review every animal in the database, especially with the transition to the new weekly runs. One great advantage to moving to weekly runs is that discovered issues can be resolved more quickly in comparison to the previous schedule of new EPD calculations every six months.
Please contact the ASA office with questions.
ASA Office: 816-599-7777
For more information about BOLT, check out the links below.
FAQ Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation
Single Step EPDs – Sounding Like a Broken Record