Maximum Carcass Knowledge - Leverage CMP and CXP in Customers' Herds

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Maximum Carcass Knowledge - Leverage CMP and CXP in Customers' Herds

By Lane Giess, Director of Commercial & Nontraditional Data Programs

We get it, your bull buyers are the reason for your success. They’ve bought into your breeding program and trust that your genetics are going to help make them more profitable cattle producers. But did you know those same customers can contribute more to your success than simply being a loyal customer? Robust data capture is the single most important way to improve the predictability of your genetics. The American Simmental Association (ASA) has multiple programs designed to do just that.

If you care about robust data capture, the ASA Carcass Merit Program (CMP) and Carcass Expansion Program (CXP) are two programs you should consider — or more specifically your customers should consider. But don’t just hear it from us. Gordon Hodges from Gibbs Farms and Tom Hook from Hook Farms have been big supporters of both programs.

“The CMP has been one of the most genetically-influential ASA programs since the day it was first implemented and in my opinion, more valuable today than ever before,” says Hodges. “We are now collecting DNA data on the CMP progeny which will greatly add to the accuracy and validation of genomically-enhanced carcass trait EPDs.” Carcass data is rare in genetic evaluation, so the few records we do receive should go a long way right? We’re doing that by ensuring every animal participating in CMP and CXP projects are genotyped. Hodges adds, “By collecting actual carcass records and DNA on all of the harvested CMP and CXP progeny, we are increasing the validation and accuracy of all genomically-enhanced EPDs.”

Gordon Hodges

Gordon Hodges

“A win for the CMP herd by providing free semen, subsidized payments for each harvested carcass, complete birth to harvest processed data, and EPD’s on their cow herd that allows for more accurate genetic improvement for generations into the future.”

“A win for the enrolled bull owner by supplying non-biased, third party complete data from birth to harvest on your sires as well as maternal data well into the future.” “Possibly the biggest win is for the members who do not enroll sires but use genomically-enhanced EPDs.”



Tom Hook

“Yes, the CMP and CXP programs are a win for everyone.” Tom Hook, Hook Farms in Tracy, MN agrees. “The ASA’s innovative CMP and CXP lead the beef industry in providing data and resources for improving terminal value. We leverage the knowledge gained from CMP and CXP to improve terminal merit and provide genomically enhanced genetics to help our commercial customers be more profitable.”

The ASA is looking to expand our young sire progeny testing herds participating in the Carcass Merit Program (CMP). Do you have a commercial customer that might be a fit? Does this customer have a background in retaining ownership? If yes, we’d like to visit about potentially getting both of you involved in ASA’s carcass programs.




Carcass Merit Program (CMP): ASA’s premier young sire testing program

Participants receive:

■ Free Genetic Evaluation on their cow herd

■ Free semen on industry-leading bulls

■ Free genomic evaluation on all CMP-sired terminal animals

■ A $60 incentive for every CMP-sired animal with individual carcass data


Carcass Expansion Program (CXP): ASA’s expansive project meant to rapidly improve genomic predictability of carcass traits

Participants receive:

■ Free genomic evaluation of all terminal animals

■ Parent verification of multi-sired calves

■ Free genetic evaluation on all participating calves

■ Animals must be preapproved to be committed to the program

Fortunately, for commercial cattlemen retaining ownership these programs may be used together. Maximum genetic knowledge for you, your customer, and the rest of the industry. Contact Lane Giess for more information about ASA’s carcass programs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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