The Angus breed is home to the industry’s largest beef cattle performance database, fueling genetic progress through each generation. Breeders rely on the comprehensive set of data to continue growing the nation’s quality beef supply.
Angus Media provides unrivaled marketing opportunities for cattle producers, and Association programs such as AngusSource allow breeders to set their calves apart from the crowd.
Registered-Angus cattle continue to set the industry pace for quality genetics. Demand remains strong year after year, as reflected by strong sales trends and an increase in Angus cattle on the market.
Stay up-to-date on the latest headlines in the American Angus Association’s Newsroom, where you can read articles, watch videos and learn more about the organization’s programs and services.
Continued education is central to driving progress within the beef cattle industry. Through Association events, connect with fellow breeders and discover applications that make a real difference on the farm or ranch.
Whether you are looking for special gifts or supplies for your herd, plenty of options are available through the Angus Foundation-hosted online store and the American Angus Auxiliary’s Gift Barn.
As the nation’s largest beef breed organization, the American Angus Association serves more than 25,000 members across the United States and Canada.
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.
Cost of the program is $3.00 per calf assessed at the time of first weight submission, whether first weight is a birth or weaning weight. To enroll in Beef Improvement Records you will need to obtain an enrollment
form by contacting the Performance Programs department at 816-383-5100 or
Once the enrollment form is received via fax or mail (signature is required on file), you will receive a preprinted calving and weaning report.
If dams are not listed on this report (purchased, young replacement heifer or commercial dam), you may write those in the blank spaces provided
at the end of the calving and weaning report form. Commercial dams require a herd ID and birth date. Commercial sires need only a herd ID. If
submitting data online, new dams can be added by clicking the box 'Get Dam by Herd ID.' If members of your family or business associates have
cattle that run in the same herd, these cattle can be ratioed together and processed in the same contemporary groups by using 'main' and
'secondary' codes. One code will need to be designated as the main code. The others will be assigned as secondaries. The cattle in each herd
will retain their rightful ownership. All performance data will be submitted by the main code and will be returned to the main code address.
Indicate the secondary codes on the enrollment form.
The records submitted to the Association include breeding, calving, weaning and yearling performance, as well as carcass data and ultrasound measurements if available. Program participants can submit performance records three primary ways: electronically with the use of the Internet or with Angus Information Management Software (AIMS), or on paper via conventional mail. If producers are interested in submitting and/or viewing their data via the Internet, they can access the information through AAA Login at
Submitting electronic data. The Internet and AIMS are more efficient ways to use AAA Performance Programs. Both AIMS and AAA Login offer you the most current information on your herd and eliminate the "paper shuffle."
allows members to access information by obtaining a unique and private password. Once members have their password, they can submit their
performance measures and other information and view their updated information online. Information on the Web site is available seven days a
week, 24 hours a day.
As your calves are born, it is important to weigh within 24 hours of birth using a scale and record the birth weight information on
the Calving and Weaning Report. A calving ease score can be recorded on females calving. You will want to measure your calves'
weaning weights when a group of them is near an average age of 205 days old. Weaning weights must be taken when an individual calf
is between 120 and 280 days old. Once you have collected calving or weaning records, you will submit this information to the Association.
The Performance Programs department will process the calving and weaning information as part of the Association's database. The following items
are available based on the customer preferences you choose for reports and summaries: a Weaning Summary that lists calves both by sire group and
calf identification, a Yearling Report and an ultrasound barnsheet to record ultrasound information that is measured by a certified
Centralized Ultrasound Processing (CUP) technician.
Establishing proper contemporary groups is essential in providing accurate and predictable performance records necessary to generate EPDs. A contemporary group is a set of two or more calves of the same sex and similar age that have been managed under similar practices. Contemporary groups should include as many animals as can be accurately compared. For more information about contemporary groups, access the Association Web site at www.angus.org, or contact the Performance Programs department.
For the most complete use of AHIR, it is advantageous to monitor and record your breeding inputs. Submission of records is strongly encouraged. Records include fields for breeding dates and AI sires, as well as pasture mating, with details on synchronization and pregnancy results. Future research will focus on the use of these records in Angus reproductive efficiency studies and development of genetic tools.
Cows should be measured for weight, hip height and body condition score within 45 days of weaning. Cows without body condition scores will not be used in calculating mature weight and height EPDs. Only cows that wean a calf will be included in the mature size database.
Measurements on all animals should be taken between 320 and 440 days of age to be adjusted to 365 days. The group should average as close to
365 days as possible. Enter those weights and measures (scrotal circumference, temperament, yearling height) on the Yearling Report, and submit to the Association.
Proper foot structure is essential to an animal’s longevity, and Angus is leading the U.S. cattle industry in assessing an
issue pertinent to all breeds — structural soundness. The American Angus Association accepts foot scores from its members
through a simple system that uses two categories,
foot angle and claw set. To check on availability of a college student for on-site foot score collection, please
These ultrasound images are collected by a UGC certified field technician between 320 and 440 days of age for bulls and 320 and 460 days for heifers.
Weaning weights submitted prior to the scanning date are required to process ultrasound data. The ultrasound field technician sends the images to
one of the American Angus Association's authorized ultrasound processing labs for interpretation by a UGC certified lab technician, along with the
barnsheet generated when weaning weights are submitted. If you do not have a barnsheet, contact the Performance Programs department. The interpreted
records from the scans are then sent to the Association for adjustments, EPD calculations and summaries that are provided to the breeders.
AIMS is the record-keeping software created for the American Angus Association and its members. Once a member purchases AIMS, a listing of their herd
is sent to them on disk, and they can submit weights and manage their herd via AIMS and e-mail. AIMS is available only to American Angus
Association members and affiliates. For more information or to order, contact the AIMS department at the address below or go to
American Angus Association
3201 Frederick Ave.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506