It has been recognised for many years that food conversion efficiency is a major determinant of profitability in intensive livestock production. Notwithstanding this, there has been little direct selection for feed efficiency practised b y commercial breeders and genetic inprovement in this trait has been obtained in most species as a correlated response to selection for increased liveweight gain

R. AE Pym

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 5. Plenary sessions, , 231–244, 1982
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