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Improving "low input" dairy cattle production systems

Biscarini, Filippo (2011) Improving "low input" dairy cattle production systems. Paper at: First LowInputBreeds Symposium on Ethical Consideration in Livestock Breeding, Wageningen, The Netherlands, March 15 and 16, 2011. [Completed]

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Thanks to developments in DNA sequencing technology, in recent years a growing amount of information on the genetic make-up of livestock animals have become available. This information, typically in the form of panels of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), has been used in farm animals populations – usually specific breeds - to map QTLs and, more recently, to estimate genome-wide breeding values (GEBVs) to be used in the so-called genomic selection schemes. Not much attention has been paid to differences between animals farmed in different environments, such as intensive or rural production systems. Research and applications have so far focused on high input farming, due mainly to the larger available populations and the greater commercial interest. Within sub-project 1 of the Low Input Breeds (LIB) project, we aim at investigating the methodology, scope and applications of genomic selection of dairy cattle reared in low input and organic farms, particularly in rural and mountainous areas of Europe.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:dairy cattle, available populations, Low Input Breeds, LIB
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Research affiliation: European Union > LowInputBreeds > SP 1: Dairy and meat cattle
European Union > LowInputBreeds > SP 5.2 Ethical impact assessment
International Conferences > 2011: 1st LowInputBreeds Symposium
Related Links:http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/symposium-2011.html, http://www.lowinputbreeds.org/subprojects.html
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:18706
Deposited On:23 Oct 2011 09:32
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 08:20
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information:This paper was written in the framework of the LowInputBreeds project: “Development of integrated livestock breeding and management strategies to improve animal health, product quality and performance in European organic and ‘low input’ milk, meat and egg production”. The LowInputBreeds project unites 21 partners from Europe and further afield and will develop integrated breeding and management strategies to tackle the issue of improved animal health and food quality. It will run until 2014 and is co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

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