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Farmer satisfaction: potential for genetic evaluation in Ireland?

  • D.P. Berry (a1) and A.R. Cromie (a2)


Previous studies have indicated genetic variation in traits describing the overall satisfaction of a farmer with daughters of a particular sire (Cue et al., 1996; Visscher and Goddard, 1995). Such traits are useful in determining cow-level factors contributing to overall farmer satisfaction as well as providing supplementary information in sire selection. The objective of this study was to evaluate whether genetic variation in a subjectively scored trait reflecting farmer satisfaction existed in Ireland and to attempt to elucidate the factors contributing to farmer satisfaction.


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Cue, R.I., Harris, B.L. and Rendel, J.M., 1996. Genetic parameters for traits other than production in purebred and crossbred New Zealand dairy cattle. Livestock Production Science. 45:123–135.
Gilmour, A.R., Cullis, B.R., Welham, S.J., Thompson, R. 2004. ASREML Reference Manual. New South Wales Agriculture, Orange Agricultural Institute, Orange, NSW, Australia.
Visscher, P.M. and Goddard, M.E., 1995. Genetic parameters for milk yield, survival, workability, and type traits for Australian dairy cattle. Journal of Dairy Science 78: 205–220.


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