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.
UGC would like to extend it's warmest thanks and best wishes to Drs. Robert Williams and Wade Shafer for their years of service to the UGC board. They are retiring from the UGC board. If you see them please thank them for their service!
UGC would like to welcome Dr. Lauren Hyde of the Simmental Association and Kari White of the Gelbvieh Association to the UGC board. They are filling the vacancies and we look forward to their tenure!
2015 Fall Field Certification Dates to be September 20-24, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. Please stay tuned for updates and registration forms.
2015 Fall Field Certification Forms - available...Due August 7, 2015.