What it is
The Angus Link feeder cattle program allows you to benchmark genetic progress in your calf crop by utilizing the program's
three simple scores that work across multiple breeds and are applicable from coast to coast, north to south. The program
gives you the ability to advertise to potential buyers the genetic merit of your calves in terms of performance potential
that they understand. This gives you the opportunity to get rewarded for the investments you have made in improving your
herd's genetics over the years. By learning more about the foundation of the scoring system, you can use your scores to
identify the current strengths of your calf crop and identify opportunities to improve your score through future breeding decisions.
how it works
Groups of calves or yearlings enrolled in Angus Link will receive three scores that appear in a three-celled box called
the "Angus Link Scorecard". The three scores are determined by the genetic merit of the bulls used to sire the current
enrollment group, as well as the genetic makeup of the cow herd. The cow-side contribution is based on a description of
their breed composition (example: 80% Angus, 20% Hereford), and the genetic merit of bulls used historically that have
influenced the heifers you have retained in your herd as replacement females.
understanding the scores
Each of the three scores are on a scale of 0-200 with a score of 100 representing the industry average feeder calf
derived from the breed composition of the U.S. cow herd (70% Angus, 13% other British breeds, 13% continental
breeds and 4% Bos indicus cattle).
The three scores are defined as:
Predicts genetic potential for feedlot performance and carcass value by looking at EPDs such as carcass weight, marbling and feed efficiency.
Feedlot Performance Score
Signifies the enrollment group's potential for post-weaning performance in the feedlot and takes into account average daily gain and dry matter intake EPDs.
Predicts the enrollment group's performance potential for carcass grid merit, referencing marbling, fat and ribeye area EPDs.
The Angus Link scores’ foundation is based on the American Angus Association $Value indexes: $B (beef score), $F (feedlot performance score) and $G (grid score). The $Values are built from current EPDs, which are built from actual carcass data.
To raise Beef Score, select for higher $B.
To raise Feedlot Performance, select for higher $F.
To raise Grid Score, select for higher $G.
The Certified Angus Beef ® brand Targeting the Brand™ logo appears on the scorecard when enrollment groups meet the phenotypic and genetic specifications listed below:
Each animal in the marketing group must be predominantly solid black and meet the live-animal specification for Angus branded programs. For more information see Carcass Specifications for Approved Programs.
Enrollment groups earn a grid score of 125 or higher.
Angus Link enrollment groups that are sired by 100% registered Angus bulls will have this logo appear on their marketing certificate.