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Title: Genetics of lamb survival: preliminary studies of the Information Nucleus Flock
Contributor(s): Brien, FD (author); Hebart, ML (author); Geenty, Kennett  (author); Van Der Werf, Julius H  (author)orcid ; Hocking Edwards, JE (author); Greef, JC (author); Hart, KW (author); Refshauge, G (author); Gaunt, G (author); Behrend, R (author); Thomson, Kirsty (author); Hinch, Geoffrey  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Poor lamb survival is recognised in Australia as a major contributor to reproductive inefficiency in the national flock. This paper provides preliminary estimates of phenotypic and genetic parameters on lamb survival and related traits for the 2007 and 2008 data from the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation’s Information Nucleus. The paper focuses on the potential utility of measurements on related traits for achieving genetic improvement in lamb survival. Although timed lamb behaviour traits show consistently high genetic correlations with lamb survival to 3 days of age, no obvious candidates have yet been identified for commercial use as indicator traits to genetically improve lamb survival.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 18th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Barossa Valley, Australia, 27th September - 2nd October, 2009
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics: Matching Genetics and Environment - a New Look at an Old Topic, p. 108-111
Publisher: AAABG: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Place of Publication: Taringa, Australia
ISSN: 1328-3227
Field of Research (FOR): 070206 Animal Reproduction
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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