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Traditional animal breeding of cattle to improve carcass composition and meat quality

Code: 9781838790325
Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska, USA

Chapter synopsis: Genetic selection for carcass attributes such as marbling and tenderness is relatively new compared to selection for growth traits. Estimated breeding values (EBVs) allow for the comparison of animals for their genetic potential as parents for a given trait. This chapter reviews the role of EBVs, how they are calculated and their use in selection for carcass composition and meat quality.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0009.02
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Estimated breeding values (EBVs) and expected progeny differences (EPDs): fundamentals 3 Advantages of using EPDs over using raw data and ratios 4 Selection response 5 Genetic parameter estimates 6 Examples of successful selection 7 Index-based selection 8 Summary and future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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