Hot topic: Definition and implementation of a breeding value for feed efficiency in dairy cows
JE Pryce, O Gonzalez-Recio, G Nieuwhof, WJ Wales, MP Coffey, BJ Hayes, ME Goddard
Journal of Dairy Science | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2015
The authors thank the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (Melbourne, Australia), the Gardiner Foundation (Melbourne, Australia), and Dairy Futures Cooperative Research Centre (Melbourne, Australia) for funding this project. Mike Coffey acknowledges financial support from the Scottish Government (Edinburgh, UK), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (London, UK) and DairyCo (Kenilworth, UK). Provision of genotypes and phenotypes on Dutch animals by Roel Veerkamp and Yvette de Haas (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) is gratefully acknowledged. We also thank Peter Amer (AbacusBio, Dunedin, New Zealand) and Roel Veerkamp (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) for constructive comments on this manuscript. Finally, we thank Donagh Berry (Teagasc, Ireland) for useful discussions that helped to direct our thinking in devising the feed saved breeding value.