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|Title:||Genetic and phenotypic parameters for reproduction, production and bodyweight traits in Australian fine-wool Merino sheep||Contributor(s):||Dominik, S (author) ; Swan A A (author)||Publication Date:||2018||Early Online Version:||2016-09-23||DOI:||10.1071/AN15738||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/27238||Abstract:||The present study estimated phenotypic and genetic relationships between wool production, reproduction and bodyweight traits in Australian fine-wool Merino sheep. The data for the study originated from the CSIRO Fine Wool Project, Armidale, Australia. Data on wool characteristics, measured at ~10 and 22 months of age, bodyweight and several reproduction traits across consecutive lambing opportunities were analysed. The genetic correlations were moderately negative between fibre diameter measured as yearling and adult, and lamb survival (rg = -0.34 ± 0.15 and rg = -0.28 ± 0.14 respectively) and total number of lambs weaned (rg = -0.32 ± 0.21 and rg = -0.40 ± 0.21 respectively). The genetic correlations of yearling and adult greasy and clean fleece weights with number of lambs weaned and fecundity showed moderately to highly negative relationships and a moderately negative correlation with the number of fetuses at pregnancy scanning. Phenotypic correlations between reproduction and wool production traits were estimated to be zero, with the exception of bodyweight showing low to moderate positive phenotypic correlations with total number of lambs born and weaned. Genetic variances were generally low for the reproduction traits and resulted in low heritability estimates (from h2 = 0.03 ± 0.01 to h2 = 0.12 ± 0.13), with the exception of total number of lambs born (h2 = 0.25 ± 0.03). The study indicated that parameter estimation and trait definition of lifetime reproduction records require careful consideration and more work in this area is required.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Animal Production Science, 58(2), p. 207-212||Publisher:||CSIRO Publishing||Place of Publication:||Australia||ISSN:||1836-0939
|Field of Research (FOR):||070201 Animal Breeding||Socio-Economic Outcome Codes:||830311 Sheep - Wool||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)|
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