Welcome to the website of the Ultrasound Guidelines Council
The purpose of the Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC) is to insure that ultrasound data used by the beef industry for the genetic evaluation of carcass traits are of the highest quality. UGC is responsible for the certification of technicians who collect and interpret ultrasound images as well as the certification of the various combinations of ultrasound equipment and software (systems) used to collect and interpret the ultrasound images.
UGC-member breed associations use ultrasound data as a vital source of information in computation of Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) for carcass traits. These organizations ONLY accept ultrasound data from images collected by UGC-certified field technicians and interpreted by UGC-certified laboratory technicians using UGC-certified systems.
UGC is overseen by the US Beef Breeds Council and governed by a Board of Directors. UGC is supported by dues paid by UGC-member breed associations and UGC-accredited labs, and by fees charged for certifications.
This website is intended to be a resource for beef cattle breeders, UGC technicians, and UGC-member breed associations and ultrasound labs.
Registration for the Field Certification to held in Ames, IA September 14-17 is now open. To register go to the News for Techs page. - 7/18/14
UGC welcomes to new members of the Board of Directors: Jack Ward and Dr. Steve Paisley. See Board of Directors page. - 7/18/14
Ultrasound training programs will be offered prior to the field certification in September. See the News for Techs page.
Application forms for re-certification in absentia are now available (see News for Techs page). - 6/26/14
UGC welcomes the American Brahman Breeders Association as a new UGC partner! For contact information see the Breed Associations page. - 11/12/13