Recent increases in meat prices have increased the importance of including meat and carcass quality traits in breeding programs for dual purpose Merino Sheep. There is however little information about the capacity for altering these carcass quality traits through selection. Safari et al. (2001) have estimated the heritability of meat and carcass quality traits in Merino rams. They found moderate genetic variation in a range of meat traits and concluded that the heritability estimates in Merinos are very similar to those of other meat breeds.

R. Davidson, J. C Greeff, J. W Skerritt

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 11, , 11.29, 2002
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