Genomically Enhanced EPD

Process and Missing GE

The Process

Genomically Enhanced (GE) EPD are a game changer for commercial and seedstock beef producers. ASA currently offers two different genomic panels to match your goals: the GGP-uLD and the GGP-100K.To discuss any specific questions about the testing offered, please contact the DNA team. After an animal is tested on one of the panels, the data feeds into the genomic evaluation. The evaluation runs weekly and takes one week to process and publish GE-EPD, barring any complications. Although your DNA results may be published to Herdbook and marked as complete (i.e., parentage results, defect testing, or trait testing results are complete), GE may still be processing and not available until the following week. The cutoff of any sample entering the genomic evaluation is on Monday, with GE-EPD posted the following Monday. 

Still don’t see GE after a week? There are a variety of reasons why an animal may be removed from the evaluation, and consequently not have GE-EPD. While this can be frustrating, having strong, trustworthy data is critical, and the system’s ability to catch these errors should be viewed as a strength. Some common issues can be found below and can easily be checked by the member:

Missing GE EPD?

■ A failed sample will always result in no GE-EPD, and a new sample must be submitted.

■ Parentage exclusions will suspend an animal’s pedigree and put a hold on GE-EPD. Once parentage is resolved, the data is released and enters the weekly evaluation.

■ Reporting the wrong sex can put a hold on GE. If you misreported the sex when submitting your sample and/or when entering the animal in Herdbook, please contact the DNA team immediately to minimize delays.

■ If more than one sample enters the system for the same animal, and the genotypes do not match each other, this duplicate data will tell the system that we may not have results on the correct animal and will put a hold on GE. EXAMPLE: Calf A had their sample collected and submitted, but the sample actually belonged to calf B, who already had a sample run the previous year. The system will note calf A’s sample is exactly like calf B’s, and remove the genotype from the evaluation until the mislabeled sample ID is corrected. 

■ An animal MUST BE REGISTERED in order to be eligible for genomic panel testing with resulting GE-EPD. Animals enrolled in select THE options may be exempt.

After parentage results are uploaded (or any other applicable testing ordered at the same time as the genomic test), ASA suggests writing down the date and waiting one week, then checking to see if GE is on the record. If GE is missing on an entire group of animals, the group likely missed the weekly cutoff and will be run by the next. The genomic evaluation is set and ASA staff cannot “rush” a sample for GE-EPD.  If you have a deadline, please reach out to the DNA team to ensure your samples are on track to meet all requirements of the evaluation. 


The most efficient way to request that ASA look into missing GE is to email the registration number(s) to dna@simmgene.com


The following table illustrates approximate progeny equivalents
for various traits after a genomic test.

Carcass Traits

Maternal and Weight Traits

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