Two EBVs relating to structural soundness are published within the TransTasman Angus Cattle Evaluation, being Claw Set and Foot Angle.
Claw Set EBVs provide estimates of genetic differences in claw set structure (shape and evenness of claws), with lower Claw Set EBVs indicating an animal is expected to produce progeny with more desirable claw structure, being toes that are symmetrical, even and appropriately spaced.
Foot Angle EBVs provide estimates of genetic differences in foot angle (strength of pastern, depth of heel), with lower Foot Angle EBVs indicating an animal is expected to produce progeny with more desirable foot angle, being a 45-degree angle at the pastern joint with appropriate toe length and heel depth.
To assist Angus Australia members with their use and understanding of the Claw Set and Foot Angle EBVs, a series of resources have been compiled and are available from the links below.
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Further Information on the Claw Set and Foot Angle EBVs is available from the ‘Understanding EBVs’ and ‘Collection Guidelines for TACE’ modules in the Angus Education Centre, or by contacting staff at Angus Australia.