Incorporation of observations with different residual error variances into existing complex test-day models

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  • T. J. Pitkänen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
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  • E. A. Mäntysaari, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
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  • U. S. Nielsen, The Knowledge Centre for Agriculture
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  • G. P. Aamand, Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation
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  • P. Madsen
  • J. Eriksson, Växa Sverige
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  • M. H. Lidauer, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Automated milking systems (AMS) have become popular on dairy farms. Due to a different test-day recording scheme the variation of test-day observations differ from AMS differ from those of conventional milking system (CMS). An approach is presented for upgrading the genetic evaluation model for production traits milk, protein and fat yield by including residual covariance matrices for AMS and CMS test-day observations. Residual variances were found to be 16-37% smaller for milk and protein yields and 42-47% larger for fat yield when recorded under AMS herds compared to CMS herds. Daily heritability was higher for milk and protein yield and lower for fat yield when traits were recorded under AMS compared to recording under CMS. No difference was found between AMS and CMS in 305-day heritability for milk and protein yield except for second lactation milk yield. 305-day heritability for fat was lower for all lactations under AMS.

TidsskriftActa Agriculturae Scandinavica A: Animal Sciences
Sider (fra-til)11-24
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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