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Genetic parameters for lamb weight at different ages and wool production in Baluchi sheep

  • M. H. Yazdi (a1), G. Engström (a1), A. Näsholm (a1), K. Johansson (a1), H. Jorjani (a1) and L.-E. Liljedah (a1)...

Abstract

The Baluchi breed is the most common native breed of Iran adapted to harsh environments in the eastern parts of the country. The data used in the present study, collected from two research flocks at the Abbasabad sheep breeding station in north-east Iran, included 20 534 animals descended from 363 sires, 5992 dams, 282 maternal grandsires, and 2865 maternal granddams during the period 1966 to 1989. The traits recorded were: birth weight (BW), weaning weight (WW), weight at 6 months (W6), weight at 12 months (YW), pre-weaning gain (WG), post-weaning gain (PWG), lamb fleece weight (LFW), ewe fleece weight sheared before first joining (FW1) and adult ewe fleece weight (FW). Genetic parameters, estimated with restricted maximum likelihood and a two-trait animal model, were similar in the two flocks. Direct heritabilities for the various body weight traits were moderate and varied between 0·13 and 0·32, while the maternal heritabilities were low and varied between 0·01 and 0·12. Direct and maternal genetic correlations between WW and weights at later ages were moderate to high (0·59 to 0·96). Direct heritabilities of weight gain measures varied between 0·12 and 0·19, while no significant maternal influence on either of these weight gain measures could be detected. The estimates of direct genetic correlation between WG and PWG were positive and varied between 0·54 and 0·74, while negative maternal genetic correlation (0·17 on average) between WG and PWG was detected. For LFW, direct heritability was low and no maternal heritability could be shown. For FW1, both direct and maternal genetic influences were demonstrated (0·07 to 0·26). Direct genetic correlation between LFW and FW1 was very low and close to zero, while maternal genetic correlation was positive and relatively high (0·72 on average). The relative contributions to phenotypic variance from variance components due to common environmental effects ranged from 0·01 to 0·15 for all traits. The repeatability of FW was low (0·03 to 0·12).

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Genetic parameters for lamb weight at different ages and wool production in Baluchi sheep

  • M. H. Yazdi (a1), G. Engström (a1), A. Näsholm (a1), K. Johansson (a1), H. Jorjani (a1) and L.-E. Liljedah (a1)...

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