Genetic Parameters for a Weighted Analysis of Survivability in Dairy Cattle

ČERNÁ, Michaela, ZAVADILOVÁ, Ludmila, VOSTRÝ, Luboš, BAUER, Jiří, ŠPLÍCHAL, Jiří, VAŘEKA, Jan, FULÍNOVÁ, Daniela a BRZÁKOVÁ, Michaela. Genetic Parameters for a Weighted Analysis of Survivability in Dairy Cattle. Animals, 2023, 13, Article number: 1188. ISSN 2076-2615.
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The genetic parameters for the survival of Holstein cows, analysed in nine consecutive time periods during the first three calving intervals, were estimated. The earlier the animals are culled, the more they are informationally underestimated. This undervaluing can be remedied by using a weighted analysis that balances the amount of information. If the method of estimating breeding values changes, the genetic parameters will also change. The Holstein cattle dataset from 2005 to 2017 used in this study included 1,813,636 survival records from 298,290 cows. The pedigree with three generations of ancestors included 660,476 individuals. Linear repeatability models estimated genetic parameters for overall and functional survivability. Due to weights, heritability increased from 0.013 to 0.057. Repeatability with weights was 0.505. The standard deviations of breeding values were 1.75 and 2.18 without weights and 6.04 and 6.20 with weights. Including weights in the calculation increased the additive variance proportion and the breeding values’ reliabilities. We conclude that the main contribution of the weighted method we have presented is to compensate for the lack of records in culled individuals with a positive impact on the reliability of the breeding value.

ProjektOvěřování genomických postupů v malých populacích, Dlouhodobý koncepční rozvoj výzkumné organizace
OdděleníGenetika a šlechtění hospodářských zvířat