The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.

Successful bull selection key to achieving breeding goals

Issued - February 06, 2012

ARDMORE, Okla. — Many commercial livestock producers purchase bulls for the upcoming breeding season during the spring. However, the bull selection process can be challenging without the correct information and experience.

To help producers find the appropriate bull for their operation, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will host a Spring Cattle Workshop from 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the Noble Foundation’s Pavilion. Noble Foundation livestock consultants will discuss proven selection techniques, including how to use Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs).

EPDs are the most accurate tools agricultural producers have to estimate the genetic potential of bulls. Livestock consultants will show agricultural producers how to use EPDs to improve their knowledge of bull selection to reach their breeding goals.

Participants will work through a selection scenario for two common production enterprises: one in which replacement females are retained and one in which all progeny are sold. A live animal evaluation will also be provided.

"Choosing the right bull to meet your goals is easier when you know how to use all of the information available," said Deke Alkire, Ph.D., livestock consultant. "Participants will learn the value of known genetics and how to use EPDs to make better decisions that can impact their bottom line."

The seminar is offered at no charge, but preregistration is requested. For additional information or to register, please visit or call Tracy Cumbie at 580.224.6292.



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The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. (, headquartered in Ardmore, Okla., is a nonprofit organization conducting agricultural, forage improvement and plant biology research; assisting farmers and ranchers through educational and consultative agricultural programs; and providing grants to nonprofit charitable, educational and health organizations.