Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) are best used in comparing one bull (or cow) of the same breed to another. Simply put, if a bull has a birthweight EPD of 5, you can expect his calves to weigh five pounds more at birth than if you breed the same cow to a bull with a BW EPD of 0. If his Weaning Weight EPD is 40, you can expect his calves to weigh 40 more pounds at weaning than if you bred that cow to a bull with a WW EPD of 0. Here's a link to a Angus Association site that has a good explanation on what EPDs mean and how to use them. Good luck...
> What is an EPD? I've read that
> alot in the posts, but am not sure
> what it is.
> Any help?
> Richard - UT
Keep an open mind as far as EPDs go. There are a lot of flaws in figures as there are so many different areas in which cattle are raised,so many different types of feed,grasses etc.Different types of cattle etc.
That's the whole point in EPDs. By the time they reach a high accuracy, many different sources of data have been included. That to a certain degree decreases the influence any one type of environemtn or mangament have on the overall results.
> Keep an open mind as far as EPDs
> go. There are a lot of flaws in
> figures as there are so many
> different areas in which cattle
> are raised,so many different types
> of feed,grasses etc.Different
> types of cattle etc.