This paper describes different possibilities for improving the selection of young sires. It is concluded that this selection can be improved substantially in conventional breeding plans by changing the structure of the breeding programmes and by putting less restrictions on the possible breeding animals. So far the use of marker traits does not seem to be an important aid in improving the selection of young bulls. This might change in the future with more knowledge of possible marker traits. However, it seems that even i f that w ill be the case, traditional selection procedure s till w ill be most important.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XIV. Dairy cattle genetics and breeding, adaptation and conservation., , 25–34, 1990
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