The Bonsmara breed is the largest beef cattle breed in South Africa with complete phenotypic animal recording on traits of economic importance. In order to make use of genomic selection as an additional tool for improvement of the breed a reference population is required. The aim of the study is to report on the establishment of a reference population for the Bonsmara breed and present the first results for 187 animals using the 80K GGP. The call rate was above 95% with a MAF of 0.27. After quality control 70880 usable SNP remained in the data. 

Helena E Theron, Robert R van der Westhuizen, Este van Marle-Koster, Jacob van der Westhuizen

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Genetic Improvement Programs: Selection using molecular information (Posters), , 498, 2014
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