EPD and Performance Information
CED EPD’sstands for Calving Ease Direct and is important when choosing sires to produce calves born easily.
The higher the number, the better.
BW EPD’s express the difference in birth weight on the progeny of the bulls being compared.
WW EPD’s express the difference in pounds at weaning time on the progeny of bulls being
YW EPD’s do the same as WW except it is the weight at 365 days of age.
MA EPD’s predict differences in weaning weights from daughters calves due to genes inherited
CEM EPD’s stands for Calving Ease Total Maternal and is important for choosing sires that
produce replacement heifers that give birth to their first calf easily. The higher the number the
SC EPD’s are expressed in centimeters of scrotal circumference, and compare the difference
expected in sons of the animal. Scrotal EPDs are a good indicator of age of puberty of both the
sons and daughters of the animal.