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Use of field data in pig genomic selection schemes: a simulation study

  • M. Lillehammer (a1), A. K. Sonesson (a1) and T. H. E. Meuwissen (a2)

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The aim of this study was to test how genetic gain for a trait not measured on the nucleus animals could be obtained within a genomic selection pig breeding scheme. Stochastic simulation of a pig breeding program including a breeding nucleus, a multiplier to produce and disseminate semen and a production tier where phenotypes were recorded was performed to test (1) the effect of obtaining phenotypic records from offspring of nucleus animals, (2) the effect of genotyping production animals with records for the purpose of including them in a genomic selection reference population or (3) to combine the two approaches. None of the tested strategies affected genetic gain if the trait under investigation had a low economic value of only 10% of the total breeding goal. When the relative economic weight was increased to 30%, a combination of the methods was most effective. Obtaining records from offspring of already genotyped nucleus animals had more impact on genetic gain than to genotype more distant relatives with phenotypes to update the reference population. When records cannot be obtained from offspring of nucleus animals, genotyping of production animals could be considered for traits with high economic importance.

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Use of field data in pig genomic selection schemes: a simulation study

  • M. Lillehammer (a1), A. K. Sonesson (a1) and T. H. E. Meuwissen (a2)

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