Transition to BOLT-Powered EPDs
The AGA recently transitioned to a new system for our national cattle evaluation (NCE). We changed both the way that genotypes are incorporated into our database as well as the program that is used to carry out the weekly evaluation. The AGA is a part of International Genetic Solutions (IGS), which is a collaboration between 12 beef breed associations. IGS invested in the new BOLT software, which brings with it the single-step genetic evaluation, a new, more streamlined method for incorporating genomic results into expected progeny differences (EPDs). Several years of development, programming for system automation, and multiple test runs have lead up to the widely anticipated BOLT release by the IGS team.
Educational Materials Regarding BOLT