Anders Christian Sørensen

Lambing Ease is Heritable but not Correlated to Litter Size in Danish Meat Sheep Breeds

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The aim of this study was to estimate genetic parameters of lambing ease (LE) and litter size (LS) in four common Danish meat sheep breeds. Data from 1990 to 2006 were analysed. A bivariate animal model was used for estimation of genetic parameters. Lambing ease showed a low heritability, both for direct (1.4% to 9.5%) and maternal (5.9% to 6.9%) genetic effects. Moderate negative direct-maternal genetic correlations (-0.18 to -0.61) was found. Total heritabilities for LE were 3.8% to 9.7%. Litter size showed also a low heritability (6.4% to 9.0%). Low and non-significant correlations between the LE and LS was found, which means that selection to improve one trait should not affect the other trait. Lambing ease should therefore be included in the selection criterion.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesår17 aug. 2014
Antal sider3
StatusUdgivet - 17 aug. 2014
Begivenhed10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) - The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4, Vancouver, Canada
Varighed: 17 aug. 201422 aug. 2014
Konferencens nummer: 10th

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Konference10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP)
Nummer10th
LokationThe Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4
LandCanada
ByVancouver
Periode17/08/201422/08/2014

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