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Title: Effect of Different Data Exclusion Policies on the Heritability of Fat Depth in Maternal, Merino and Terminal Sheep
Contributor(s): McMillan, Aaron  (author); Brown, Daniel  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The effect of different data exclusion policies for post weaning fat depth on heritability estimates were examined using industry data for Maternal, Merino and Terminal sheep. The exclusion policies which had the most positive effect on heritability were mean fat depth for the contemporary group (CG), and standard deviation of fat depth for the contemporary group. Exclusion based on mean weight of the CG showed some effectiveness for light animals. Excluding records based on mean age of the CG had no effect on heritability estimates. In order for fat depth to be analysed most appropriately animals should be measured when they have had the opportunity to express the trait. It is appropriate to exclude CGs from the analysis where the variation in fat depth for a CG is low to improve heritability. The impact of these data exclusions on the utility of breeding values would need to be investigated in each analysis before any policies can be implemented.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Lorne, Australia, 28th - 30th September, 2015
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Twenty-first Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, p. 417-420
Publisher: AAABG: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Place of Publication: Bundoora, Australia
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 070201 Animal Breeding
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 300305 Animal reproduction and breeding
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830310 Sheep - Meat
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: Proceedings of the AAABG ... Conference
Series Number : 21
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