In previous world congresses (Cunningham, 1974; Pearson, 1982) methods of estimating weights and choosing traits to include in the selection objectives were discussed. A more recent discussion of objective functions for breeding decisions is in Allaire and Thraen (1985). This paper will focus more on the specific traits to be included in the selection objective for intensive milk production in temperate zones and on experimental evidence of relative economic importance.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume IX. Breeding programs for dairy and beef cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and goats., , 11–17, 1986
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