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NEW RELEASE FROM ANGUS: Producers to see $Value changes with the annual update.


For more information, contact:

Crystal Albers, director of communications, 816-383-5134 or calbers@angus.media.

Angus to Update Selection Indexes July 1

Producers to see $Value changes with the annual update.

Angus breeders and their customers will see some slight changes in dollar value indexes ($Values) beginning July 1 as Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) updates the economic assumptions used to calculate the selection tools included in the American Angus Association weekly genetic evaluation.

“Every July, we update the economic assumptions that go into Angus $Values, like $B and $W,” says Dan Moser, AGI president who oversees the Association’s performance programs. “This allows for the most up-to-date market prices and costs to predict profit differences among animals.”

These economic assumptions are assigned to expected progeny difference (EPD) components included in the $Values, which are expressed in dollars per head and allow for multi-directional change. While the update is a regular occurrence for the breed, Moser reminds members that any declines in $Value numbers are largely a reflection of market conditions.

“As market conditions change, so must the economic assumptions used to calculate the indexes. With market prices trending as they are, there’s no doubt that will have some influence on dollar values across the board,” he says. “On average, we anticipate bulls may go down about $6 for $B and about $2 for $W, due to lower calf prices relative to last year.”

The Association has offered $Values for more than a decade, and producers have seen such changes before.

“We’ve seen market conditions influence these indexes before, and any producer operating in the cattle market today is well aware of the economic averages experienced during the past few years,” Moser says, assuring producers that rankings should stay relatively unchanged.

“The highest values won’t be quite as high; the lowest values won’t be quite as low, and the average will decline slightly. The way the bulls rank in the Angus population should be very similar to the ranking before the update.”

Economic assumptions are based on three-year rolling averages and are updated every year in July to allow $Values to more accurately reflect the market trends of the beef industry. AGI works with independent industry consultants to derive the economic values used to establish updated figures — figures that Moser says provide the most relevant, accurate bioeconomic information available.

“$Values provide a good option in genetic decision-making for producers seeking a more simplistic approach that incorporates dollars and cents,” he says. “This regular update ensures AGI is delivering that capability.”

$Values were first introduced in the Sire Evaluation Report by the Association in 2004 as a way to add simplicity to genetic selection decisions for commercial producers or those wanting a multi-trait approach. $Values currently offered through AGI include: weaned calf value ($W), feedlot value ($F); grid value ($G); and beef value ($B).

More information about $Values and search capabilities is available at http://www.angus.org/Nce/ValueIndexes.aspx.

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How to use your semen tank inventory

Have you located your semen tank inventory on your app or on the ORIgen website? It is a helpful tool right at your finger tips to keep track of your semen inventory in all your tanks. Start by downloading the ORIgen App or clicking on the Semen Tank Inventory at the top of the ORIgen website.

Step 1:
Click not registered.

Step 2:
Fill out all fields.

Step 3:
Add and identify your semen tank or tanks
You can add as many semen tanks as needed.

Step 4:
Add or change Bulls and cane codes within each canister.
• Enter Bull Name
• Enter Cane Number
• Enter Number of Units

Step 5:
Search Your Inventory for tanks and canisters for a certain bull
• Enter a bull name or click “View All”
• A list of bulls will be displayed in alphabetical order
• Click the “View” button for canister # and number of units
• Keep your inventory current by clicking the “Remove 1 Unit” button.

Step 6:
How to share your Inventory with your AI tech or employees
• Click the “Share Inventory” button
• Search and select the person
• Each person will need a login to Cattle Visions mobile app or website.

For addition help or questions email Jenessa at jenessas@origen-beef.com.

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ORIgen Embryo Technologies

ORIgen Embryo Technologies, formerly known as In Vitro ORIgen, has been in business since 2013. Our goal is to provide in vitro fertilization, IVF, services to customers at a low, flat-rate fee, based on embryo production. Our technician travels to your farm or ranch to perform the OPU, reducing stress on your valuable donor females and adding convenience to you. ORIgen Embryo Technologies provides convenient, cost-effective services to advance your genetics. Below is more information on how OET can help you with your genetic advancement in the beef industry.

-ORIgen Embryo Technologies is located in Huntley, Montana where the first lab was created. We have now branched into two labs with the second located in Ranger, Texas. We also work with a number of third party aspirators around the US, who send us the oocytes they have collected and we perform the IVF procedure for them and return the embryos back for fresh transfer or Direct Transfer (DT) freeze. Contact us to find the nearest location for your convenience.

-ORIgen Embryo Technologies offers the convenience of a traveling team to come directly to our location to do the collection of your donor cows.

-Do you know what we call the collection of donors with the IVF program? OPU=Ovum Pick Up or aspiration.

-What happens once the OET aspiration team has completed the donor collection? They will sort and grade the oocytes, they then package them into vials with maturation media and put them into the incubator which holds the temperature at 38.5 C (102 F). The oocytes will travel in this media for 24 hours back to our Montana or Texas lab locations where they will be sorted and cleaned again before fertilization takes place.

-Many times we are asked what ages of cows can we aspirate? Well the answer is we can do heifers from 8-9 months old all the way to old cystic donors. We can also do pregnant cows that are short bred all the way up to 90-120 days pregnant and of course we can do open cows. The ability to do pregnant cows is a great asset because she can continue being a fully functional, producing female in your herd all the while turning generations faster!

-FUN FACT! We can OPU a cow just 10 days after calving- so in a one year window, you are only missing four and a half months of collection from your prime donor(s). Although in this time she is growing and producing a calf of her own maintaining her functionality in your herd. Just 10 days after calving we can start collecting oocytes on her again and she has a calf at side!

-Did you know?? We can do an aspiration on a cystic donor that has stopped producing in conventional flush and will not breed, that we can do one to two aspirations and typically we see that donor come back into production again.

-Did you know that our IVF program does not require you to super ovulate your donor cow(s)? In fact that is one of the features we pride ourselves on and something our current customers really appreciate. Think about it- your cow is one time through the chute, not shots, no nasty attitude, no added stress on her and no added labor on your part.

-OET does not have a superovulation protocol. This means no shots! This means: no cystic cows (due to the hormone shots), no old-fat cows that will not breed anymore and no costs with expensive hormones. NICE!

– We often receive questions about ovary adhesions. We make it a priority to avoid and reduce ovary adhesions that occur on donors. We are very cautious and aware of the problem and we make it part of our business to protect your donor!

-Did you know that using our IVF program we are able to use one conventional straw to fertilize oocytes from 8-10 cows?? (depending on the total oocyte count) Compare that to using 2-3 straws on one conventional flush.

-Who has a really old straw of semen in their tank that you are holding on to until just the right time to use?? Well ORIgen Embryo Technologies can help you utilize that straw to the fullest extent! We can use a small portion of that straw for one collection and return the remaining part of the straw back into storage for the next time! We can do this at least four times, using a quarter of the straw each time.

-Who out there knew that if your donor cow collects a larger number of oocytes, that we can split those eggs into two groups and mate her to two different bulls? Now you just took your flush twice as far in just one collection using our IVF services!

-We sometimes get questions about the grade of the oocytes and how it will affect the production into an embryo. As you can see below in the picture there are some oocytes with more “mass” and appears larger. These are a better quality grade oocyte than the ones that appear smaller and naked. The more mass an oocyte has relates to the layers of cumulous cells surround the egg. We want to see the oocytes be more bulky and have a really dark center, these are Grade 1 oocyte. They typically have a bigger chance of becoming an embryo than the oocytes with less cumulous cell mass and a lighter center.

For more information or to set up your next appointment to get our team out to your ranch contact us at the ORIgen office and ask for Jenna.

Office: 1-866-867-4436 or 406-348-2345
Fax: 406-348-2346
Email: jennab@origen-beef.com

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Source: November 2015, Angus Journal

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EPD Updates June 20, 2015

Sorts of the AAA database of active sires and non parent bulls for several measures are attached for your information.
Remember, current HD50K data for all tested sires is the last tab of this spreadsheet.
Bulls that rank in the top 10% for a trait are highlighted in green color and those in the top 1% are highlighted in gold color. The most current results for the Developmental Duplication are included in this spreadsheet. Semen from the ORIgen trait leaders can be ordered online. Make your order today!
A weekly summary of the ORIgen sires progeny average ratios that are used in the calculation of the weekly EPD updates.

6-19-15 ORIgen sire progeny averages


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Weekly EPD Updates for Angus Sires

HD50K recalibration was good to the Angus sires featured at ORIgen.
Rito 9Q13 remains Number 1 among active sires for RE EPD and Number 3 for $B index
Tour of Duty ranks Number 1 among active sires for $W index and Number 2 for $F index
Sorts of the AAA database of active sires and non parent bulls for several measures are attached for your information.

Remember, current HD50K data for all tested sires is the last tab of this spreadsheet.

Bulls that rank in the top 10% for a trait are highlighted in green color and those in the top 1% are highlighted in gold color. The most current results for the Developmental Duplication are included in this spreadsheet. Semen from the ORIgen trait leaders can be ordered online. Make your order today!

A weekly summary of the ORIgen sires progeny average ratios that are used in the calculation of the weekly EPD updates.


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Genetic Condition Update | American Angus Association

A genetic condition has been identified and documented in Angus cattle from research initiated in Australia with Dr. Jon Beever at the University of Illinois. This condition, inherited as a simple recessive, has been designated as Developmental Duplication (DD).  Please click the link below to find out more information about this simple recessive as well as a preliminary list of A.I. sires that have been tested for the presence of this recessive gene.


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B P F Special Focus 504 Calves Shine at Stevenson Sputnik | Shestakovo, Russia

During a recent visit to Stevenson Sputnik near Shestakovo, Russia in the fertile “Black Soil” region of the Voronezhskaya Oblast of the Russian Federation, the most impressive sire group of yearling cattle were the sons and daughters of the ORIgen sire B P F Special Focus 504.  With the recent opening of In Vitro Russia, the first IVF lab in Russia, headquartered at Stevenson Sputnik, the pace of genetic improvement is picking up ten time zones east of ORIgen!

B P F Special Focus 504

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