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Genetic linking of pig farm, testing station and artificial insemination centre

McPhee, C. P., Macbeth, G.M. and Smith, P.R. (1995) Genetic linking of pig farm, testing station and artificial insemination centre. In: Breeding for Quality and Profit, July 1995, Roseworthy, South Australia.


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Growth rate and fat records were analysed from four breeding centres, three farms and a boar testing station. The centres were genetically linked through the use of common AI sires (formal) and other breeding animals (informal). Practical difficulties were experienced in achieving satisfactory levels of formal linkage. Linkage placed the mean breeding merits of the different breeding centres in the correct relativity so breeding values were comparable across centres. Heritability estimates for growth rate and fat
in the station were more than twice as high as those on farm and the genetic correlations between these traits were favourable in the station but unfavourable on farm. Correlations between station and farm performance were high. Station testing should give higher response than farm testing to a given amount of selection in farm profit.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG).
Keywords:Pigs; Genetic linking; Farm test-station; AI centre.
Subjects:Animal culture > Swine
Live Archive:07 May 2004
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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