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Why Collaborate . . . Why IGS?

“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much”
— Helen Keller

“In the long history of humankind
(and animal kind, too) those
who learned to collaborate
and improvise most effectively
have prevailed”
— Charles Darwin

We all can easily recognize that the preceding quotes speak volumes.  Nevertheless, in the breed association world, the level of collaboration has been somewhere between barely breathing and dead. That said, few if any commercial producers would disagree that our industry would be better served through increased levels of collaboration.  IGS is an outgrowth of listening to the commercial industry!

Unrivaled Database — Fueled by data from 12 progressive breed associations across the United States and Canada that combine for over 16 million total animal records with over 400,000 new animals added annually. Not only is the IGS database unmatched in size, but it’s also unsurpassed in quality as the vast majority of new records are derived from IGS partners who implement whole herd reporting.  Proven Genetic Evaluation System —Based on three decades of continually improving the genetic evaluation system to accurately account for heterosis and breed differences, the EPD calculation system employed by IGS is the nation’s most respected genetic solution software.  Simplified Selection Tools —While the process of calculating EPDs on the world’s largest multi-breed database is complex, the IGS partners have taken a revolutionary step by presenting the resulting EPDs on a common base; thus, allowing commercial producers to directly compare the genetic merit of animals regardless of breed composition.  Regardless if your breeding objective is to develop the next generation of purebred seedstock, or reaping the proven benefits of structured crossbreeding, IGS provides the industry’s most-reliable genetic solution tools to assist in achieving producers’ goals.

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