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CE - Calving Ease BW - Birth Weight WW - Weaning Weight YW - Yearling Weight MILK - Milk TM - Total Maternal (1/2 WW + Milk) MCE - Maternal Calving Ease SC - Scrotal CW - Cow Weight Stay - Stayability MPI - Maternal Productivity Index FMI - Feedlot Merit Index RFI – Residual Feed Intake PWG – Post Weaning Gain REA - Rib-Eye Area FAT - Back Fat MARB - Marbling Score
*Active Sires: those sires that have sired at least 1 calf reported in the last 2 years
**Active Dams: those dams that have had a calf reported in the last 2 years
***Calves are those animals born from 2015 to 2016 inclusive.
Important Note:
The CHA and AHA are producing multiple evaluations per year, however the PACE statistics will only be updated semi-annually upon completion of PACE runs including all participating countries. While data on individual animals may change their EPD significantly, overall population averages and percentiles will not change dramatically between these interim evaluations.

What is THE?

THE (Total Herd Evaluation) is a complete-herd reporting system to evaluate performance traits. Participating in THE provides performance reports (adjusted weights, indexes and ranks) and EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences which are run twice per year).

The THE program allows a member to participate at whichever level meets their needs as a purebred breeder. It is a cow-based program - the only requirement is that if any weight (i.e.. birth weight) is reported, then that weight (i.e. birth weight) must be reported on all calves, not just those that are registered. All traits (birth, weaning or yearling) are not mandatory. It is the comparison of calves given the same opportunity to perform that generate EPDs which can then be compared across herds .

To enroll, the office just needs to be notified! Herd Inventories are created once per year (January) and provide pre-printed forms listing owned cows… After updated inventories are submitted to the office, Weaning Worksheets are returned to the member to record weaning weights. When those are sent in to the office, Weaning Performance reports are returned to the breeder along with Yearling Worksheets etc… (Plus, of course, THE participants have access to the online system which simplifies the whole reporting process… Instructions come with the password. )

The cost is $5.00 per cow per year. Then there are no additional charges to record birth weights, weaning weights, yearling weights or ultrasound data. EPDs are simply the best measure of genetic merit currently available in beef cattle.

To register calves, space is conveniently provided on the THE forms to apply for registration of selected calves (age-applicable fees apply).

For more information or to enroll, please contact val@hereford.ca or call the office toll-free 1-888-836-7242.

THE All - Star Breeders
The THE All - Star recognizes breeders who fully comply with the THE mandate of complete and accurate reporting of performance data on their animals.
Breeders will be recognized based on an All - Star scoring system:
3 Star Breeders - report CE, BW, WW
4 Star Breeders - report CE, BW, WW plus one additional trait
5 Star Breeders - report CE, BW, WW, plus two additional traits

Use your Compliance Report to identify any missing information. Compliance Reports are included with your performance reports sent out by the CHA or for Online Users the report can be generated by going to the "reports" tab in the online registy system.

The member's name will be included with the THE All - Star list published in the August issue of the Canadian Hereford Digest, in special web search and illustrated under Membership Details and Breeder/Owner with the THE Star Logo on the web and use of the THE Star logo in the breeder's own advertising/promotional materials until August of the following year.

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Performance Information

Spring 2017 EPD Tools, Averages and Trends
Find out about recent improvements to the model, view the Genetic Trends for each trait and/or look up average EPDs for active sires, dams and calves.
Important Note:
The CHA and AHA are producing multiple evaluations per year, however the PACE statistics will only be updated semi-annually upon completion of PACE runs including all participating countries. While data on individual animals may change their EPD significantly, overall population averages and percentiles will not change dramatically between these interim evaluations.

Spring 2016 Sire Summary

EPD Lookup
Look up EPDs for animals by registration number, name and tattoo from the latest North American evaluation, and get ownership information, EPDs and three generation pedigrees on individual animals.

Mating Predictor
This utility uses the most recent EPDs and works excellent as a Sire Selector allowing you to search bulls by BW, WW, YW, Milk and TM EPD. You can also fine tune your search by Horned or Polled, and/or year of birth.

Canadian Hereford Herd Book
Search the pedigrees contained in the Canadian Hereford Herd Book by registration number, name or tattoo, and get ownership information, EPDs and three generation pedigrees on individual animals.

A Special Note:
While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the EPDs presented on this web site are of the highest known accuracy, they are dependent on the data received from the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit of the University of New England, Armidale NSW. Therefore, the CHA, its officers, directors, and employees assume no liability for the contents of this web site, or the use or interpretation of any EPDs published herein.

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Ultrasound Information

Ultrasound Guidelines
Ultrasound Contemporary Groups
Ultrasound Date Calculator - Excel Document
Ultrasound Optimal Scan Dates
Ultrasound Reports - What Does My Information Mean?
Ultrasound Data for Seedstock Cattle

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Leading MPI Dams

The MPI (Maternal Productivity Index) is generated by combining the Calving Ease, Maternal Calving Ease, Weaning Weight, Milk, Cow Weight, and Stayability EPDs. The economic importance of each trait determines their emphasis in the Index: 0.2% CE, 0.2% MCE, 39.2% Wng WT, 15.2% Milk, 34.4% Cow WT, 10.8% Stayability. Simply put – a higher MPI indicates a more profitable package! And like EPDs, the MPI numbers can be compared across the country!

Therefore, the Leading MPI Dams list simply identifies the cows with leading MPI numbers. These cows have the top 5% MPI numbers with an accuracy of 50% or greater.

MPI Dams
Spring 2017 MPI Dams

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Dams of Distinction

PURPOSE:
The Dam of Distinction/Great Distinction list shall honour cows in the Canadian Hereford performance herds that meet the highest standards within herd for maternal ability, and recognize the cattlemen who produce them.
CRITERIA:
Based on cows enrolled in our T.H.E. performance program that meet specific criteria, a Dams of Distinction list will be produced and published on the web annually.
Dams of Distinction for 2017

What is the difference between Leading MPI Dams and Dams of Distinction?