The ability to adapt a breeding programme quickly in relation to possibilities and requirements from the surroundings is decisive of whether the breeding programme is capable of surviving in the long run. To a certain extent a fast adaption depends on the historical development, but first and foremost it depends on who the decision-maker is and his financial power to carry through changes. In this contribution we shall give a short historical review of the Danish breeding programme. Further, we shall outline the financing of breeding in Denmark in connection with which the decision processes will be described. Finally, by specific examples, we shall give an impression of the ability of adaption of the breeding programme.

S. Andersen, E. S Petersen

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XV. Beef cattle, sheep and pig genetics and breeding, fibre, fur and meat quality., , 431–434, 1990
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