Thorsby farm gains national recognition

Published 6:16 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Garrison Farms in Thorsby owns three bulls listed in the 2008 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association(r) in Saint Joseph, Mo. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 6,670 sires, and is currently accessible at

“This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd,” says Bill Bowman, American Angus Association chief operating officer (COO) and director of performance programs. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,800 Angus breeders this past year through the Association’s Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program.

The Fall 2008 evaluation includes new carcass EPDs which integrate the performance records from the carcass and ultrasound databases. Decision-making tools also include $Values, the suite of bio-economic indexes designed to assist commercial producers in simplifying the genetic selection process. In addition, updated research reports are provided for heifer pregnancy and docility.

The semiannual analysis for the Sire Evaluation Report contains more than 16 million measures used to generate over 47 million EPDs for the Angus breed.

The American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services for more than 34,000 members nationwide and thousands of commercial producers who use Angus genetics. Go to for more information.