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751-6301-00L  Animal Breeding

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Neuenschwander
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractIntroduction to basics of animal breeding. Importance of animal production. Species of livestock and their products, performance recording, functional traits, genetic diversity, breeding goals. Qualitative and quantitative traits. Basic knowledge of breeding methods: genetic and environmental variation, heritability, genetic correlation, estimation of breeding values, selection, mating systems.
ObjectiveShow the importance of animal production for Swiss and international agriculture. Name the livestock species, their products, systematic classification and breeding and production goals. Describe methods to measure animal performance (performance recording) and functional traits. Define the most important parameters and methods in animal breeding.
ContentEvolution, domestication, history of animal breeding.
Definition, models of animal production, species of livestock, numbers, distribution.
Genetic polymorphisms and their applications in animal breeding.
Genetic diversity, breeds, production and breeding goals.
Traits: performance, fucntional.
Performance recording. herd replacement.
Qualitative (monogenic) and quantitative (polygenic) traits, Mendelian genetics, quantitative genetics.
Genetic and environmantal variation, heritability, genetic correlation, selection, selection response.
Lecture notesTransparencies and single chapters of textbook are made available on homepage.
LiteratureTierzucht (Willam/Simianer) UTB 3526 (2011)
Additional literature to be announced in the lecture.