Crossbreeding is a major feature of current animal breeding programmes. In most species of farm animals, some form of crossing is practised, the populations involved being breeds, within-breed strains or more or less highly inbred lines. "Crossbreds" are, in particular, commonly used in poultry (as well for egg as for meat production) and in mammalian species utilized for meat production (pig, rabbit and, to a lesser extent, sheep and cattle).

P. Sellier

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 6. Round tables, , 15–49, 1982
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