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List of eBEEF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Click on "video" to see the video answer for each FAQ. Click on "text" to see a transcript of the video. See the complete list of videos on the eBEEF YouTube channel FAQ playlist.  Click on "factsheet" to link to relevant factsheets.

  1. What is genomics? video text factsheet
  2. When are genomics tools useful? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2 factsheet 3
  3. Which is better: collecting phenotypes or getting genomic information on an animal? video text factsheet
  4. Do genomic predictions work across breeds? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  5. What is a SNP? video text factsheet factsheet
  6. What is a SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) chip? video text factsheet
  7. How do SNP chips predict genetic merit? video text factsheet
  8. What is meant by a 50k SNP chip? video text factsheet
  9. What is a high density SNP chip? video text factsheet
  10. What is a low density SNP chip? video text factsheet
  11. What is imputation and why is it valuable? video text factsheet
  12. What is an EPD? video text factsheet
  13. What does the term genomically enhanced EPD mean? video text factsheet
  14. Why should beef producers use genomically enhanced EPDs? video text factsheet
  15. What does the term accuracy mean and why is it valuable to a producer? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2 factsheet 3
  16. What is maternal calving ease or calving ease maternal? video text factsheet
  17. What is better for decreasing calving problems: calving ease direct EPD, birth weight EPD, or a combination of the two? video text factsheet
  18. Should commercial cattlemen select bulls with high scrotal circumference EPDs? video text factsheet
  19. Why is scrotal circumference important in yearling bulls? video text factsheet
  20. What does it mean when there's a $ in front of an EPD? What is a selection index? video text factsheet
  21. What is an economically relevant trait, or ERT? video text factsheet
  22. How is a selection index calculated? video text factsheet
  23. What is the unit of measurement for a selection index? video text factsheet
  24. What is whole herd reporting? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  25. What is heterosis? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  26. What is breed complementarity? video text factsheet
  27. Are there different types of heterosis and do they have the same value to a beef producer? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  28. What traits does crossbreeding impact the most? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2 factsheet 3
  29. Why should I crossbreed? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  30. Do crossbred calves qualify for breed specific branded beef programs? video text factsheet
  31. How can a genome evaluation of feed efficiency take into account gene interactions? text
  32. What will be different in this program’s estimation of feed efficiency than Gene Star and Igenity’s programs? Were these and the current genome estimations of feed efficiency of any value? text
  33. How do I collect a DNA sample? video text factsheet
  34. I have all black cows and bred to a black bull, how did I end up with some red calves? video text factsheet
  35. What are the consequences of inbreeding? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  36. Is it ok to breed a cow to a related bull? video text factsheet 1 factsheet 2
  37. Can I test for the polled allele? If so, which breeds? video text factsheet
  38. How can I ensure I have polled calves? video text factsheet
  39. What does “generational interval” mean and why is it important? video text factsheet
  40. How does genomic testing impact generation interval? video text factsheet
  41. What makes EPDs unreliable in young animals? video text factsheet
  42. How do I get improved accuracy? video text factsheet
  43. What is the milk EPD? video text factsheet
  44. What is a genetic antagonism? video text factsheet
  45. How do I break genetic antagonisms? video text factsheet
  46. If I select for higher growth, will that affect my future cow size? video text factsheet
  47. What is gene editing? video text factsheet
  48. Is gene editing the same thing as GMO? video text factsheet
  49. Is gene editing currently being used in the beef cattle industry? video text factsheet