An animal’s breeding value can be defined as its genetic merit for each trait. While it is not possible to determine an animal’s true breeding value, it is possible to estimate it. These estimates of an animal’s true breeding value are called EBVs (Estimated Breeding Values).
Angus BREEDPLAN EBVs are expressed as the difference between an individual animal’s genetics and a historical genetic level (i.e. group of animals) within the Angus BREEDPLAN genetic evaluation, and are reported in the units in which the measurements are taken.
EBVs are calculated for a range of traits within Angus BREEDPLAN, covering calving ease, growth, fertility, maternal performance, carcase merit, feed efficiency, temperament and structural soundness.