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Selection Indices and Prediction of Genetic Merit in Animal Breeding : Cabi - Neil Cameron

Selection Indices and Prediction of Genetic Merit in Animal Breeding


Paperback Published: June 1997
ISBN: 9780851991696
Number Of Pages: 208

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Information on an animal and its relatives can be used to predict the animal's genetic merit, taking account of the relationships between measurements and the economic values of traits. This book describes the methodology for predicting the genetic merit of animals in the context of improvement in an animal program. It discusses the methods for combing different sources of information and illustrates their use with examples of breeding programs in cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. This methodology is developed from first principles, without unnecessary detail or complexity, and all the required statistical and mathematical concepts are fully explained. A series of questions helps reinforce the ideas and provide some practical experience in the prediction of genetic merit. The text is most useful for final year undergraduate and first-year graduate students of quantitative genetics and animal breeding.

Introduction to variance
ANOVA in a quantitative genetics framework
Regression and correlation
Identification of animals of high genetic merit
Information from relatives
Selection index methodology
Examples of selection objectives and criteria
Factors affecting the rate of genetic improvement
Performance testing, progeny testing and MOET
Simultaneous prediction of breeding values for several animals
Prediction of breeding values and environmental effects
Multivariate breeding value prediction
Breeding values with a gene of known large effect
Breeding values for binary traits
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ISBN: 9780851991696
ISBN-10: 0851991696
Series: Cabi
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: June 1997
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34

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