Journal article

A practical approach for minimising inbreeding and maximising genetic gain in dairy cattle

Mekonnen Haile-Mariam, Phil J Bowman, Mike E Goddard

Genetics Selection Evolution | BMC | Published : 2007


A method that predicts the genetic composition and inbreeding (F) of the future dairy cow population using information on the current cow population, semen use and progeny test bulls is described. This is combined with information on genetic merit of bulls to compare bull selection methods that minimise F and maximise breeding value for profit (called APR in Australia). The genetic composition of the future cow population of Australian Holstein-Friesian (HF) and Jersey up to 6 years into the future was predicted. F in Australian HF and Jersey breeds is likely to increase by about 0.002 and 0.003 per year between 2002 and 2008, respectively. A comparison of bull selection methods showed that ..

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