Milk yield records on 5341 lactations of 2507 buffaloes from four institutional herds and four field recording centers, involved in progeny testing program were used to evaluate buffaloes and bulls under an animal model. Milk yield for the eight locations ranged from 1835 to 2543 kg. Breeding values for milk yield averaged 9.3 and 32.2 kg in buffaloes and bulls, respectively. Variation in the breeding values of tested bulls was lower than expected. Genetic trend in buffaloes was negative but the sires used in the recent years were better than those in the past. However, bulls with more daughters had below average breeding values for milk yield.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 24: Sheep and goats (fibre); sheep and goats (meat and milk); poultry; horses; buffaloes., , 467–470, 1998
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