With a little understanding, Expected Progeny Differences, or EPD, may actually be the best tool you, as a beef producer, have to address the genetics of your herd.
While calculating EPD takes a lot of math, you don’t have to do the math; you just need to understand the answers. The calculation results usually appear in the first pages of a sire summary before the actual EPD tables. They may look a little confusing, but the information is very beneficial. It comes down to the fact that you are buying the DNA of a particular animal.