The effects of different purebred breeding schemes applied to a hierarchical integrated cashmere production system, were investigated through computer modeling. Using a multitrait animal model with repeated records, individual animal breeding values were predicted and deterministic procedures were applied to develop a model for cashmere production system on an annual basis for twenty generations. The results suggested that using economic selection indexes were likely to be the most profitable in an integrated cashmere production system to improve fiber quality. Estimated breeding values (EBV) should be developed for fiber diameter in Mongolia so that efficient selection indexes can be constructed despite higher fiber diameter measurement cost and labor.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 05.19, 2006
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