Journal article

BREEDING OBJECTIVES FOR PASTURE BASED DAIRY PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

PM VISSCHER, PJ BOWMAN, ME GODDARD

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1994

Abstract

The aim of the study was to derive economic weights for milk production traits (milk, fat, and protein yield), survival, and mature body size for pasture based production systems. Economic weights were derived using a herd model and differentiating a profit function with respect to the traits of interest. Scaling was taken into account by assuming that the total feed supply per farm was constant and at an economically optimum level. Relative economic weights were expressed in genetic standard deviations. To investigate the robustness of the method to derive economic weights, economic weights were calculated for 11 different sets of herd parameters, varying production levels, average herd lif..

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