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Accuracy and Associated Possible Change
AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION – THE BUSINESS BREED
Accuracy and Associated Possible Change

Spring 2015

The following table lists the possible change values associated with each EPD trait at the various accuracy levels. Possible change is expressed as "+" or "-" pounds of EPD and can be described as a measure of expected change or potential deviation between the EPD and the "true" progeny difference. This confidence range depends on the standard error of prediction for an EPD. For a given accuracy, about two-thirds of the time an animal should have a "true" progeny difference within the range of the EPD plus or minus the possible change value.

For example, a sire with an accuracy of .65 and birth weight EPD of +1.0 is expected to have his "true" progeny value falling within ±.92 pounds for birth weight EPD (ranging between +0.1 and +1.9) about two-thirds of the time.

With the conservative approach taken with respect to heritabilities in the Angus evaluation, actual EPD changes of animals within the population are much less than statistics would indicate.

  Production Maternal Carcass

Accuracy

CED

BW

WW

YW

RADG

YH

SC

Doc

HP

CEM

Milk

MW

MH

CW

Marb

RE

Fat

.05 7.8 2.49 11.0 16.2 .082 .42 .75 14.7 6.0 9.3 9.2 39 .54 18 .28 .31 .041
.10 7.2 2.36 10.4 15.3 .078 .40 .71 13.9 5.7 8.8 8.7 37 .51 17 .26 .29 .039
.15 6.7 2.23 9.9 14.5 .074 .37 .67 13.2 5.4 8.3 8.2 35 .48 16 .25 .27 .037
.20 6.2 2.10 9.3 13.6 .069 .35 .63 12.4 5.0 7.8 7.8 33 .46 15 .24 .26 .035
.25 5.8 1.97 8.7 12.8 .065 .33 .59 11.7 4.7 7.3 7.3 31 .43 14 .22 .24 .033
.30 5.4 1.84 8.1 11.9 .061 .31 .55 10.9 4.4 6.8 6.8 29 .40 13 .21 .23 .030
.35 5.1 1.71 7.5 11.1 .056 .29 .51 10.2 4.1 6.3 6.3 27 .37 12 .19 .21 .028
.40 4.7 1.58 7.0 10.2 .052 .26 .47 9.4 3.7 5.8 5.8 25 .34 12 .18 .19 .026
.45 4.3 1.44 6.4 9.4 .048 .24 .43 8.6 3.4 5.4 5.3 22 .31 11 .16 .18 .024
.50 3.9 1.31 5.8 8.5 .043 .22 .39 7.9 3.1 4.9 4.9 20 .28 10 .15 .16 .022
.55 3.5 1.18 5.2 7.7 .039 .20 .36 7.1 2.8 4.4 4.4 18 .26 9 .13 .15 .020
.60 3.2 1.05 4.6 6.8 .035 .18 .32 6.4 2.5 3.9 3.9 16 .23 8 .12 .13 .017
.65 2.7 .92 4.1 6.0 .030 .15 .28 5.6 2.2 3.4 3.4 14 .20 7 .10 .11 .015
.70 2.4 .79 3.5 5.1 .026 .13 .24 4.8 1.9 2.9 2.9 12 .17 6 .09 .10 .013
.75 2.0 .66 2.9 4.3 .022 .11 .20 4.1 1.6 2.4 2.4 10 .14 5 .07 .08 .011
.80 1.6 .53 2.3 3.4 .017 .09 .16 3.3 1.3 2.0 1.9 8 .11 4 .06 .06 .009
.85 1.2 .39 1.7 2.6 .013 .07 .12 2.6 1.0 1.5 1.5 6 .09 3 .04 .05 .007
.90 .8 .26 1.2 1.7 .009 .04 .08 1.8 .7 1.0 1.0 4 .06 2 .03 .03 .004
.95 .4 .13 .6 .9 .004 .02 .04 1.1 .4 .5 .5 2 .03 1 .01 .02 .002

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