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Title: Economic benefit of additional recording for welfare traits in maternal breeding objectives for pigs
Contributor(s): Vargovic, L  (author)orcid ; Bunter, K L  (author)orcid ; Hermesch, Susanne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2021
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate, using selection index calculations, the economic benefits of improving welfare by expanding recording within traditional pig breeding programs to include welfare-related traits. The genetic parameters were adapted from several Australian studies. A basic breeding objective including average daily gain, backfat thickness and number of piglets born alive was extended to include welfare traits and feed conversion ratio (FCR). Welfare traits were: survival of piglets at farrowing (FS) and until weaning (PWS), weaning to conception interval (WCI), sow mature weight (MWT) and sow longevity (LONG). Sow appetite before farrowing (FRBF) and body condition before farrowing (CAL) were considered as additional selection criteria. When welfare traits were absent from the breeding objective and selection criteria, this resulted in reduced LONG, higher MWT, prolonged WCI and overall lower genetic response in the index in comparison with other scenarios. Valuing and recording welfare traits resulted in desirable responses for both production and welfare traits and increased overall economic merit. Including FCR in the breeding objective made it more difficult to improve welfare traits, particularly if FCR was recorded.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: AAABG 2021: 24th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Online Event, 2nd - 4th November, 2021
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, v.24, p. 406-409
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG)
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1328-3227
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300305 Animal reproduction and breeding
300306 Animal welfare
300399 Animal production not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 100410 Pigs
100499 Livestock raising not elsewhere classified
100699 Primary products from animals not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Appears in Collections:Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)
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