Ward gives an example of how the MCW EPD allows breeders to compare sires. "If sire A has a MCW EPD of 100 and sire B has an EPD of 85, then you would expect the females of sire A, if mated to similar cows, to be 15 lbs heavier at mature size."
Also, the Spring 2012 Sire Summary is now online at Hereford.org/siresummary.
The Sire Summary includes a listing of all active sires. The summary also includes an explanation of EPDs, genetic trends, heritability estimates, trait correlations and percentile breakdown of EPDs.
For more about AHA performance programs and EPDs, visit Hereford.org or call (816) 842-3757.
—American Hereford Association press release