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Making the Web equal Profit Surfing for Genetics. Dorian Garrick & Mark Enns Department of Animal Sciences Colorado State University. Surfing for Genetics. Surfing for Convenience Surfing to Support Decisions based on your own Customized Computations. Convenience.

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making the web equal profit surfing for genetics

Making the Web equal ProfitSurfing for Genetics

Dorian Garrick & Mark Enns

Department of Animal Sciences

Colorado State University

surfing for genetics
Surfing for Genetics
  • Surfing for Convenience
  • Surfing to Support Decisions based on your own Customized Computations
convenience
Convenience
  • Finding a Particular Bull/Breed/Breeder
  • Sort Orders
    • Finding extreme bulls for some attribute
  • Filters
    • Finding bulls with particular combinations of attributes
  • Up-to-date EPD and ACC information
customized computations
Customized Computations
  • Interpretation of Threshold Traits
  • Interactions between ERTs
  • Assessment of Nutritional Implications
  • Assessment of Financial Implications
    • Perhaps also Economic Implications
  • Accounting for Risk
  • Multibreed Evaluation & Crossbreeding
interpretation of a typical epd
Interpretation of a Typical EPD

W W D = 50 lb

W W D = 20 lb

interpretation of a typical epd6
Interpretation of a Typical EPD

W W D = 50 lb

W W D = 20 lb

Herd 1 Average 500 lb Average 530

interpretation of a typical epd7
Interpretation of a Typical EPD

W W D = 50 lb

W W D = 20 lb

Herd 1 Average 500 lb Average 530

Herd 2 Average 550 lb Average 580

interpretation of threshold traits
Interpretation of Threshold Traits
  • Calving Ease EPD
  • Stayability EDP
  • Heifer Pregnancy EPD
underlying scores to preg rate
Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

Difficult to get pregnant

Easy to get pregnant

Average

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Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

Difficult to get pregnant

Easy to get pregnant

Average

Suppose 20% heifers are open

And 80% heifers are pregnant

underlying scores to preg rate11
Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

Pregnant Heifers

Heifers not in calf

20%

Difficult to get pregnant

Easy to get pregnant

Average

underlying scores to preg rate12
Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

Pregnant Heifers

Heifers not in calf

20%

Truncn pt = 0.84s

Threshold

underlying scores to preg rate13
Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

Pregnant Heifers

Heifers not in calf

20%

Truncn pt = 0.84s

0.38

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Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

Pregnant Heifers

Heifers not in calf

20%

Truncn pt = 0.84s

12%

Truncn pt = 0.84 +0.38/1.17=1.165

Phenotypic s.d. = 1.17

0.38

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Underlying Scores to Preg Rate

10%

Truncn pt = 1.28s

5.5%

Truncn pt = 1.28 +0.38/1.17=1.605

Phenotypic s.d. = 1.17

0.38

sensitive to the average
Sensitive to the Average
  • An underlying EPD of 0.38 for heifer pregnancy would increase pregnancy rate
    • By 8.0% if average pregnancy rate is 80%
    • By 4.5% if the average is 90%
  • Phenotypic “interpretation” of underlying threshold scores depends upon the mean
  • Published values are at a mean of 50%
solution
Solution
  • Publish values that are hard to interpret
  • OR Publish tables of EPDs relevant to different average levels of performance
    • Calving Ease:
      • First Calf: 75, 80, 85, 90, 95%
      • Mixed Age: 95, 99%
    • Stayability: 40, 45, 50, 55, 60%
    • Heifer Pregnancy: 75, 80, 85, 90, 95%
solutions cont
Solutions (cont)
  • OR Use web-based decision support
    • User defined average levels of performance
    • Compute the
      • number of pregnant vs open heifers
      • number of easy vs difficult calvings
      • Likely age structure of the herd
        • Number of replacement heifers required
        • Number of cull yearlings and mixed age cows
suppose our goal is incr sale wt
Suppose our goal is incr sale wt

W W D = 20 lb

W W D = 50 lb

Base+30 lb

Base

interactions between erts
Interactions between ERTs
  • WWD EPD + 30 lb (all other EPDs equal)
    • gives +30 lb weanlings
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Interactions between ERTs
  • WWD EPD + 30 lb (all other EPDs equal)
    • gives +30 lb weanlings
    • gives +22 lb weanling sale wt “per cow” in a “typical” self-replacing herd
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Interactions between ERTs
  • WWD EPD + 30 lb (all other EPDs equal)
    • gives +30 lb weanlings
    • gives +22 lb weanling sale wt “per cow” in a “typical” self-replacing herd
  • Increasing ST +8 will give another +8 lb
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Interactions between ERTs
  • WWD EPD + 30 lb (all other EPDs equal)
    • gives +30 lb weanlings
    • gives +22 lb weanling sale wt “per cow” in a “typical” self-replacing herd
  • Increasing ST +8 will give another +8 lb
  • Increasing HPG +12 will give another + 3lb
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Interactions between ERTs
  • WWD EPD + 30 lb (all other EPDs equal)
    • gives +30 lb weanlings
    • gives +22 lb weanling sale wt “per cow” in a “typical” self-replacing herd
  • Increasing ST +8 will give another +8 lb
  • Increasing HPG +12 will give another + 3lb
  • Increasing CED +11 will give another +1 lb
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Interactions between ERTs
  • Many ERT interact in a system context
  • Total sale weight at weaning is altered by WWD, WWM, STAY, HPG, CED, CEM, ME (plus BW & YWT)
  • The impact of any one EPD on the change in sale weight depends upon all the other EPDs and the average levels of performance
assessment of nutritional other input implications
Assessment of Nutritional (& other input) Implications
  • Feed requirements are influenced by the
    • Expected maintenance requirements
    • Expected requirements for gain
    • Deviation from our expectations (known as residual feed intake or RFI)
  • Changing any of WWD, WWM, STAY, HPG, CED, CEM, ME, BW, YW will alter whole herd feed requirements
assessment of financial implications
Assessment of Financial Implications
  • Changes in profit can be calculated from change in income × prices change in expenses × costs
    • Straightforward (but tedious) arithmetic
  • Prices & Costs can be obtained on a financial basis or an economic basis
    • What is the cost of feed in an extensive cow-calf grazing operation?
economic cost of feed
Economic Cost of Feed
  • Feed “cost” can be calculated from its “opportunity” cost
    • Measure of what net income would be given up if you had less feed (and less cows)
    • Can be calculated from comparing the system profit of two herds of alternative genotypes with different stocking rates such that each consume the same amount of feed
solutions
Solutions
  • Leave it to bull buyers to struggle thru facts & calculations
  • OR put it all together via the web

Website ert.agsci.colostate.edu

current philosophical approach
Current Philosophical Approach

Perturbed Situation

Base Situation

Current

(equilibrium)

Cow

Herd

(EPD

&

Performance)

Like

Merit

Bulls

X

Base Cow-calf outputs & inputs

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Current Philosophical Approach

Perturbed Situation

Base Situation

Current

Cow

Herd

(EPD)

Chosen

Bulls

X

Current

(equilibrium)

Cow

Herd

(EPD

&

Performance)

Like

Merit

Bulls

Daughter

(equilibrium)

Cow

Herd

(EPD

& Base mean

Performance)

X

Base Cow-calf outputs & inputs

current philosophical approach36
Current Philosophical Approach

Perturbed Situation

Base Situation

Current

Cow

Herd

(EPD)

Chosen

Bulls

X

Current

(equilibrium)

Cow

Herd

(EPD

&

Performance)

Like

Merit

Bulls

Daughter

(equilibrium)

Cow

Herd

(EPD

& base mean

Performance)

Like

Merit

Bulls

X

X

Perturbed Cow-calf outputs & inputs

Base Cow-calf outputs & inputs

accounting for risk
Accounting for Risk

Consider the following three bulls

Bull #prog Acc Profit

Lima 30 0.5 to 0.6 $908

Sierra 240 0.7 to 0.8 $729

Bravo 3700 0.8 to 0.95 $648

accounting for risk39
Accounting for Risk
  • On average, true EPD is equally likely to be greater or lesser than published
  • ACC allows us to quantify the extent to which the estimate may vary from true
  • Considering just BW, WW, YW, Milk, ME and not (in this example) CED, CETM, HPG, ST we can compute many possible “realizations” of each bull
accounting for risk41
Accounting for Risk

3700 progeny

240 progeny

$729

accounting for risk42
Accounting for Risk

3700 progeny

240 progeny

30 progeny

$908

solution43
Solution
  • Publish an “expected change” table
  • OR provide web options for quantifying risk (prototype available this Fall)
multibreed evaluation xbreeding
Multibreed Evaluation & Xbreeding

*A1 & S3 are breed average EPDs

multibreed evaluation xbreeding45
Multibreed Evaluation & Xbreeding

#Angus Base

*A1 & S3 are breed average EPDs

solution53
Solution
  • Publish within-breed EPDs
    • Let users find breed adjustments & heterosis
  • Publish multibreed EPDs
    • Let users deal with heterosis coefficients & heterosis
  • Publish all EPDs on a multibreed base with heterosis factors included according to the breed of dam for every ERT
  • Use web-based decision support
summary
Summary
  • To date, the major value of the web has been convenience
  • In future, the web will provide an interface to knowledge (eg nutritional requirements and heterosis factors) and information that for customized calculations to support your decisions
  • Better decision support will give better decisions (eg more profit)
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