An animal’s performance is the combination of its genetics + environment. The use of proper contemporary groups is necessary to separate the effects of genetics from environment. Contemporary groups serve as a cornerstone of genetic evaluation, account for the effects of environment and management and allow fair comparisons based on genetic merit.
What is a contemporary group?
A contemporary group is a set of cattle that have had equal opportunity to perform starting from birth.
Cattle in the same birth contemporary group must be:
Esther McCabe, American Angus Association® director of performance programs, was featured on a recent Angus University webinar to discuss contemporary groups. To listen to Esther elaborate about the value of contemporary groups and how to implement them, watch the webinar recording below.
Recording | https://youtu.be/kATpqYoeLlc
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