Canadian Elite Cow Report
The Canadian Elite Cow Report, is an effort to identify superior cows in the Angus breed. Emphasis is placed on early puberty, breeding and early calving, followed by regularity of calving and above-average performance of the offspring. The Elite Cow Report requires a cow to have a minimum of three calves to determine her regularity of calving and ability to consistently produce calves with a superior weaning weight year after year.
The second part of the Canadian Elite Cow Report is the Elite Cow Sire List. This is a list of bulls that have sired five or more Elite Cows within the current listing.
The Canadian Elite Cow Criteria:
1. The cow must be enrolled in the Canadian Angus Performance Program.
2. The cow must have a calf with a 205-day weight recorded within the past 18 months.
3. The cow must have her first calf no later than the within-herd average age of first calving plus 30 days. The within-herd average calving age is calculated individually for each herd.
4. The cow must maintain a regular calving interval.
5. The average of the cow's first three calves' weaning weight ratio must be at least 105. If she fails to do this with her first three calves, she can qualify later providing the average progeny weaning weight ratio is 105, and she meets the other requirements.
6. The cow's calf must be in a contemporary group with no less than 10 herd mates to determine the weaning weight ratio.
7. The cow's progeny must be sired by a registered Angus bull.
8. To continue to qualify each year, the cow must produce regularly (stay within the regular in-herd calving interval) and wean a calf that helps maintain or improve the average weaning ratio of 105.
9. Once a cow is designated an Elite Cow, she is always an Elite Cow, however she will not be published in a year where her index average drops below 105.