Reference : Genetic parameters for direct and maternal calving ease in Walloon dairy cattle based...
Scientific journals : Article
Life sciences : Agriculture & agronomy
Life sciences : Animal production & animal husbandry
Life sciences : Genetics & genetic processes
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/169901
Genetic parameters for direct and maternal calving ease in Walloon dairy cattle based on linear and threshold models
English
Vanderick, Sylvie mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Sciences agronomiques > Zootechnie >]
Troch, Thibault mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Sciences Agronomiques > Zootechnie > >]
Gillon, Alain mailto [Association Wallonne de l'Elevage asbl > Recherche et Développement > > >]
Glorieux, Géry mailto [Association Wallonne de l'Elevage asbl > Recherche et Développement > > >]
Gengler, Nicolas mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Sciences agronomiques > Zootechnie >]
Dec-2014
Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Blackwell Publishing
131
6
513-521
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0931-2668
1439-0388
Berlin
Germany
[en] Dystocia ; animal model ; threshold
[en] Calving ease scores from Holstein dairy cattle in the Walloon Region of Belgium were analysed using univariate linear and threshold animal models. Variance components and derived genetic parameters were estimated from a dataset including 33,155 calving records. Included in the models were season, herd and sex of calf age of dam classes group of calvings interaction as fixed effects, herd year of calving, maternal permanent environment and animal direct and maternal additive genetic as random effects. Models were fitted with the genetic correlation between direct and maternal additive genetic effects either estimated or constrained to zero. Direct heritability for calving ease was about 8% with linear models and about 12% with threshold models. Maternal heritabilities were about 2% and 4%, respectively. Genetic correlation between direct and maternal additive effects was found to be not significantly different from zero. Models were compared in terms of goodness of fit and predictive ability. Criteria of comparison such as mean squared error, correlation between observed and predicted calving ease scores as well as between estimated breeding values were estimated from 85,118 calving records. The results provided few differences between linear and threshold models even though correlations between estimated breeding values from subsets of data for sires with progeny from linear model were 17% and 23 % greater for direct and maternal genetic effects, respectively, than from threshold model. For the purpose of genetic evaluation for calving ease in Walloon Holstein dairy cattle, the linear animal model without covariance between direct and maternal additive effects was found to be the best choice.
Service public de Wallonie : Direction générale opérationnelle de l'agriculture, des ressources naturelles et de l'environnement - DG03 ; CECI
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/169901
10.1111/jbg.12105
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