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.