Pinzgau cattle belong to the endangered populations of domestic animals registered by FAO. Slovakia is maintaining one of the largest registered populations of Pinzgau cattle in Europe. Pinzgau is a traditional dual-purpose mountain cattle breed oriented at milk and meat production, in the past also for traction (Pšenica, 1990). Pšenica (1996), Kadlečík et al. (1999) and Mildner et al. (1999) mentioned that decreasing population size and current structure and production ability require developing a strategy for rescue and genetic improvement of this breed. The objective of this study was to evaluate the present and alternative breeding programmes using selection index theory, with emphasis on genetic response, accuracy of selection, generation interval and rate of inbreeding. 

R. Kasarda, Piter Bijma, A. F Groen, J. Candrak, O. Kadleeik

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 1, , 1.78, 2002
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