Genetic Improvement is one of the major programs of the Philippine Carabao Center. The Center at Ubay Stock Farm (PCC at USF) operating under a ranch production system is tasked for breeding and selection of Murrah Buffaloes (USMB) imported from the United States in 1993. These animals had been selected for meat production. This study aimed to evaluate the performance of murrah buffaloes raised under ranch production system in terms of growth performance. A total of 1201 records for growth traits namely adjusted birth weight (ABW), adjusted yearling weight (AYW), adjusted two year weight (A2YW) and three year weight (3YW) were analyzed for variance and covariance components using Multi Trait Derivative Free Restricted Maximum Likelihood (MTDFREML) by Boldman et al., 1993. All the growth traits studies showed medium heritability estimate ranged from 0.36 to 0.44. Also the genetic correlations were all positive and medium correlation wherein birthweight could be used as an indicator for early selection for growth considering its positive genetic correlations with succeeding growth traits like yearling weight, 2 year weight and 3 year weight.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 01.79, 2006
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