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On farm observations to increase genetic gain in breeding schemes for village poultry production – A simulation study

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  • Thinh Tuan Chu
  • John WM Bastiaansen, Wageningen University & Research Animal Breeding and Genomics, P.O. Box 338, 6700, Netherlands
  • Elise Norberg, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås
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  • Peer Berg

To improve genetic gain of breeding programs for village poultry production, breeding schemes with observations obtained in village production systems using individual (VIO) and group recording (VGO) were examined under different levels of genotype-by-environment-interactions (GxE). GxE was modeled by varying the correlation between traits measured in the breeding station and village environments for bodyweight (r g_BW ) and egg production (r g_EP ). Relative and absolute genetic gains obtained from VIO and VGO were used for comparison between the schemes. Results showed that village observations significantly improved genetic gains compared to the scheme without birds tested in the village. The improvement was only slightly larger with individual observations than with group observations. Higher r g_BW and r g_EP led to lower relative genetic gain, but a higher absolute gain of VIO and VGO. It is recommended to apply a breeding scheme using group recording of village performance when strong GxE in breeding for village poultry is expected.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • BODY-WEIGHT, Breeding scheme, ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS, GENOTYPE, GxE, PARAMETERS, TRAITS, VALUES, VARIANCE, group recording, stochastic simulation, village poultry

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