The East Friesian milk sheep originates from Northern Germany and North Holland. This milk sheep breed is well known for its high milk production capacity and prolificacy. After a dramatic decline of the population numbers of East Friesian milk sheep in the fifties to the seventies of the 20th century milk production with milk sheep is now increasing in Germany. However, genetic parameters and the development of breeding programmes have not been studied for East Friesian milk sheep. Therefore, the objective of this investigation is to estimate genetic parameters for milk yield traits, milk fat content, milk protein content and somatic cell score using random regression models.

A. Horstick, H. Hamann, O. Distl

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 1, , 1.53, 2002
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