[20 August/The Country]

AbacusBio is rebuilding the selection indexes for the American Angus Association. The association is the world’s largest beef cattle society. AbacusBio Partner, Jason Archer, was thrilled they were chosen for the work. The association has more than 25,000 members. The work being done by AbacusBio meant it would affect billions of dollars’ worth of production. The association wanted to upgrade its index that was created in 2004. Partner Peter Amer had been doing similar work for more than 25 years and was a world export in it. One of the innovations AbacusBio had brought to breeding objective development was incorporating user feedback into its indexes. An index was only useful if people used it and the company needed to listen to what people wanted from their programme. The project would be completed by the end of 2018, and would likely be implemented around the middle of next year.