Beef Improvement Records is a service provided through performance programs at the
American Angus Association to assist purebred and commercial cattle producers in
making progress through genetics. The level of participation is in the hands of
the producer, but the dynamic performance system has benefits to all users.
For years, registered Angus breeders have capitalized on progress through performance
by enrolling and participating in the Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR) program.
AHIR is available for registered Angus breeders who are serious about making genetic
progress in their herds through the use of performance records. The records submitted
to the Association through AHIR include weights and measures, as well as carcass
and ultrasound data. The records are stored along with millions of other records
in the Association's database, the largest beef cattle database in use. The records
submitted are utilized in the Angus National Cattle Evaluation to calculate selection
tools such as Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) and $Value Indexes. These tools
are then provided to Association members and their customers and can be used to
make informed breeding decisions.
Commercial producers with interest in Angus genetics have the Angus Beef Record
Service (BRS) as an opportunity to record performance data at all production levels
on their cow herds and calf crops, regardless of breed composition. The program
provides a unique opportunity for you to evaluate your commercial cattle productivity
by tying to the 40 years of performance data maintained by the American Angus Association.
Records are summarized to provide adjusted measures and ratios; however, EPDs are
not generated on commercial cattle. Reports are generated by the Association to
allow you to evaluate and compare the data, characterize your commercial cow herds,
and work toward a higher-quality, more marketable product for your customer.