Selection for general as well as for specific disease resistance in livestock has been subject to comprehensive studies and discussions especially during the last years. Also possible application of disease associated immune traits in breeding programmes has been proposed (for review see Pavel 1975, Spooner et al. 1975, Gahne 1978, Govora & Spencer 1978, Almlid 1981, Krausslich et al. 1981, Lie & Solbu 1981, Oosterlee 1981). The general conclusions made by these authors are that present knowledge within the fields of immunogenetics and animal breeding combined with available computer processed disease records offer considerable sources for the planning of indirect selection schemes. On the other hand, still great research effort is required, especially for the development of a reliable balanced index of generalised resistance
The object of this study was to evaluate geveral immune traits as indicators of resistance to bovine mastitis. General design and principal preliminary results are presented .
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 7. Symposia (1), , 378-384, 1982
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