MN JRA News
There will be a short MN JR Red Angus Association Meeting on Saturday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, MN prior to the beginning of the Best of the Breeds sale. Agenda items include program activities and election of officers.
Anyone can donate a silent auction item to the Juniors. Items will be displayed Saturday morning with the conclusion of the silent auction at approximately 2:00 p.m. Please take time to bring a silent auction item and bid on silent auction items to support the Junior Association.
Please pass this information on to junior members and anyone you think would be interested in supporting the Junior Red Angus Association.
I would encourage Junior members to consider applying for the Junior Ambassador and for the Lori Fehrman Memorial Award.
Live|WiRED Tracking Red Angus EPDs in Action: Live|WiRED is a new project the JRA is currently working on. This project is all thanks to Penny, a Gelbvieh cow. Penny produced over 100 embryos over several flushes. These embryos are sired by 4 different bulls. Two bulls have very desirable sets of EPDs and are on the high end of a bell curve. The other two bulls have sets of EPDs that are undesirable and they are on the low end of a bell curve. The embryos were implanted in November and the progeny will be tracked over the course of their life and the actual data collected will be compared to the predicted data via EPDs.
The purpose of this project is to compare actual data to EPDs to help juniors obtain a better understanding of how EPDs work and to give a real scenario where EPDs can be put to the test to see how accurate they are.
You can follow Penny and her progeny on her blog: epdsinaction.blogspot.com
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