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Title: Genetic parameters for live weight, ultrasound scan traits and muscling scores in Austrian meat sheep
Contributor(s): Maximini, L (author); Brown, Daniel (author); Fuerst-Waltl, B (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Heritabilities and genetic correlations were estimated for live weight (lw) and average daily gain (adg) (n=13, 634), ultrasound measured eye muscle depth (emd) and back fat depth (fat) as well as muscling scores for shoulder (shoul), back (back), and hindquarters (hind) (n=6, 110) in Austrian meat sheep. An across breed analysis was carried out using performance records of Merinolandschaf, Suffolk, Texel, German Blackhead Meatsheep and Jura sheep which were routinely tested for meat performance between 2000 and 2010. Genetic parameters were estimated with multivariate mixed animal models including both direct and maternal genetic effects and permanent environmental effects of the dam (pe) as well as fixed effects. Estimated direct heritabilities were 0.07, 0.16, 0.20, 0.21, 0.03, 0.01, and 0.08 for lw, adg, emd, fat, shoul, back and hind, respectively. Maternal genetic heritabilities were very low and significant only for lw and adg, whereas pe was fitted for every trait and explained between 0.05 and 0.10 of the phenotypic variance. Lw showed highly negative genetic correlations with emd (-0.87), fat (-0.57), and hind (-0.81). The genetic correlations are more strongly antagonistic than observed from published estimates. This may be a direct result of the structure of the data used in this study where many of the records were from small herd year season groups and often confounded by sire.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: EAAP 2011: 62nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Stavanger, Norway, 29th August -2nd September, 2011
Source of Publication: Book of Abstracts of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, p. 345-345
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: Wageningen, The Netherlands
Field of Research (FOR): 070201 Animal Breeding
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: European Association for Animal Production Annual Meeting Book of Abstracts
Series Number : 17
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