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More accurate and profitable genetic decisions

HD 50K for Red Angus
  • Currently distributed by Zoetis, in collaboration with the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA)
  • Predict the genetic merit of Red Angus, and red gene carrier Black Angus animals
  • Delivers GE-EPDs that integrate genomic predictions with pedigree and performance data from the RAAA
  • More accurate GE-EPDs and indexes, genomic percentile ranks, parentage verification, and genomic predictions for hard-to-measure traits

Bull buyers increasingly insist on tested bulls. HD 50K delivers the information buyers want:

  • GE-EPDs, indexes and genetic predictions/percentile ranks for 13 traits, two indexes, plus parentage verifications
  • Genomic percentile ranks are based on reference population of about 8,000 animals1
  • The resulting accuracy from HD 50K marker information and verified parentage is equivalent to an initial progeny proof of roughly a dozen calves, depending upon the trait2

Reduce selection and breeding mistakes—with HD 50K you get to know now:

  • Heifer bulls: GE-EPDs for calving ease direct and birth weight have accuracies roughly equivalent to bulls with 22 and 13 progeny, respectively2
  • Growth/carcass bulls: GE-EPDs for growth and carcass merit have accuracies roughly equivalent to bulls with 15 and 10 progeny, respectively2
  • All-purpose bulls: GE-EPDs for applicable traits have accuracies roughly equivalent to bulls with 12 progeny/carcasses/daughters2
  • Includes genomic predictions in the form of percentile ranks for dry matter intake and tenderness2
  • For females, GE-EPDs deliver more accuracy than a typical lifetime of progeny performance information contributing to traditional genetic evaluation3

Selection and mating decisions are more profitable when you have HD 50K-enhanced information to:

  • Empower mating decisions for a lifetime of more valuable seedstock progeny
  • Determine which heifers to keep and breed for replacement, to sell as seedstock or to cull
  • Identify elite females for embryo transfer or in vitro fertilization
  • Decide which bulls to keep, to sell for breeding purposes or to market
  • Need help getting started or understanding your results? Call or email. Our dedicated team of experts is ready to help.
  1. Data on file, Average accuracy of GE-EPDs powered by HD50K based on verified pedigree and HD 50K information, Zoetis, Inc.
  2. Approximate progeny equivalents associated with accuracy of GE-EPDs powered by HD 50K based on verified pedigree and HD 50K information. Progeny equivalents for carcass traits are actually progeny carcass traits and are actual progeny carcass records – equates to ultrasound scans from approximately 30 progeny.
  3. Beef 2007-08, Part IV: Reference of Beef Cow-calf Management Practices in the United States, 2007-08. National Animal Health Monitoring System, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Available at: http://www.aphis.Usda.gov/animal_health/nahms/beefcowcalf/Opens in a new window.Accessed August 6, 2013.

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Please follow these instructions and guidelines to place your order with us.


New to Zoetis Genetics? Please give us a call at 877-233-3362 so we can walk you through available options.


Please contact our customer service team at 877-233-3362 or genetics.us@zoetis.com to verify our laboratories are approved to conduct DNA tests within your respective country.


Download the Microsoft Excel® Red Angus Beef Order Form to place your order through Zoetis if your cattle are registered or recorded with the Red Angus Association of America.


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Find answers to common questions about the Zoetis Genetics ordering process here. If you’re still having trouble, please contact us at 877-233- 3362 and we’ll be glad to help.


For registered or commercial red Angus being tested through the RAAA, send samples to:

Red Angus Association of America
18335 E 103rd Avenue, Suite 202
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone: 940-387-3502

For animals not registered, please mail your order and testing kit samples to:

Zoetis Genetics
333 Portage Street, Building 300
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-9970
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