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ANSC 1000 Exam 2 Lecture 8-10

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This covers the first part of the breeding notes.
Introduction to Animal Sciences
Dr. Carolyn Huntington
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Date Created: 10/08/16
ANSC 1000Exam 2 Lecture 8 Breeding 2 FundamentalQuestions 1.)Whatis the “best”animal? o Labradorwithshow-winningconformation? o Or onewith exceptionalretrievinginstinct? o Is the best dairycow theone thatgives the most milk? o Or onewith bestlegs, feet,uddersupport?  Answers determinedirectionofgeneticchange for breeding operations 2.)How doyou breed animalssotheirdescendantswillbe,if not“best”, at leastbetterthantoday’sanimals? o How are animalpopulationsimprovedgenetically?  Involvesgeneticprinciplesandanimalbreedingtechnology 1.)Whatis the “best”animal?  “Best” is a relativeterm o Animalthatworks bestfor one environmentvs.anothermaybe quitedifferent  Methodknownas “systems approach” o Requiresdetailedknowledgeoftraitsofimportance o Interactionwithenvironment,managementprocedures,costs, andprices TraitsshowContinuousVariation  Most economicallyimportanttraits(milkproduction,egg production,growthrate,etc.) are controlledbyhundredsofpairs ofgenes 
  Livestockhave100,000+ genes o Thinkbeyondoneor two pairsofgenes 
  Likelyto havesomeheterozygousandsome homozygousgene pairs  As genes expressthemselves,andthe environmentinfluences thesetraits,producersobserve & measuredifferences 2 StatisticalMeasurements Quantitativevs.QualitativeTraits  Multipletraitscanbe measuredor described  Quantitative=objectivelymeasured o Observationsexistalongacontinuum o Ex:growth traits,skeletalsize, speed  Qualitative=descriptive,subjective o Ex:hair color,hornedvs.polled 3 Qualitative(SimpleInheritance)  1 – 4 pairsofgenes controlone trait  Environmentplayslittle,ifany,role  Examples o Coatcolor (normally1 – 4 pairs) o Dwarfism in cattle(normally1pair -recessive) o Polledor horned(1pair) Quantitative(ManyPairsofGenes AffectingOne Trait)  Usuallytheones thatare ofeconomicimportance  These traitsinclude: o average dailygain o feed efficiency o weaningweight or litter weight o yearlingweight (cattle) o loineyearea (alsocalledrib eyearea) o backfat thickness o muscling o frame size (cattle) o reproduction(littersize,calfcrop,twinning)  Affected bymanypairsofgenes  Possibly100 or more pairsinvolved o If ananimalis horned,itis pp;ifit is polled,itcan be eitherPP or Pp o However, ifI tellyou ananimalgains3.2 lb/dayandaskyou what thegenotype is,you wouldn'tbe ableto tellme  Nobodyknowsthe answer 
 o It has beenestimatedthatrateofgain has over14million possiblegenotypes  Some genes may havean effect onmore thanone trait(called pleiotropy)  Thismaybe good for your selectionprogram,or it couldwork againstyou
  Examples: 4 o Rate ofgainand feed efficiency – Some ofthe genes thataffect rate ofgain alsoaffect feed efficiency. Animalsthateatmore alsogain more, andare more efficient. o ADG andbackfat (BF)thicknessin hogs – Some ofthe genes that affect rate ofgain in hogsalso affect the amountoffat deposited.Fastergaininghogstend tobe fatter.Thiscreates a problembecausehogproducerswantfast-gaining,leanhogs. ChangingAnimalPopulationsGenetically  As breeders,we want toknowthe most desirablephenotypesand genotypes  P=G+E o P=phenotype o G=genotype o E=environment  G is the portionthatisselectable o Controlledbygenes:i.e.,there are selectabledifferences Beyondvisualappraisal… P = G + E  One approachisto make E (environment)thesame(common)for allanimalswithinacomparison(contemporary)group o P = G + Ecommon o Begins withdefinitionofcontemporarygroup 5 ContemporaryGroup  A contemporarygroupis a groupof animalswiththesame: o Herd o Sex o Breed or breedtype o Birthseason o Weigh dates o Management Ratio  Comparecalves for a traitwithina contemporarygroup.  Average ratioofa group is 100 WhatMakes AnimalsDifferent  Some differences are dueto somethingotherthangenes (undefinedvariability)  Environmentaldifferencesinclude: o Nutrition o Health o Weather o Injury o Management o Fertilityofthe sire anddam o Time ofmatingduringthe heatperiod o Seasonofthe year  Environmentaleffectscan be knownor unknown 
 6  Known -havean average effect onindividuals o Ex:Age, age ofdam, gender 
  Unknown- randominnatureandmore difficulttocontrol  Breeders useadjustedrecords AdjustedData  Adjustments o Age of Dam o Age of calf  Records o Adjustedbirthweight o Adjusted205-dayweight o Adjusted365-dayweight o Adjusted365-dayhipheight o Adjusted365-daypelvicarea o Adjusted365-dayscrotalcircumference  Breed specific adjustment for age AdjustmentGuidelines  Adjustmentequationscanbe foundatthe Beef Improvement Federationwebsite: (  Clickon theGuidelinessection WeaningWeightAdjustment 7 
 8 P = G + E 9 ANSC 1000Exam 2 Lecture 9 ExpectedProgenyDifferences (EPDs) Whatis an EPD?  A predictionoffutureprogenyperformancerelativeto some standard  EPDs are designedtocompare animals,nothingmore! How are EPDs calculated?  EPDs are calculatedusingstatisticalproceduresthattakeinto accountlarge amountsofinformation o Individual’sownrecord o Ancestorandprogenyrecords o Heritabilityofthe trait o Geneticcorrelationoftrait withothertraits CanEPDs be comparedacross breeds?  No.Different breedshavedifferentbases(standards)  Breed associationsareagreeingto finda common baseyear (e.g., average geneticvalueof allcalves bornin 1975) Heritability(h )  The portionofthe phenotypic(observed)variationinatraitwhich can be attributedtotransmissiblegeneticeffects (i.e,additive geneticeffects) Heritabilities 10 2  Higher h resultsina greater responsetoselection. CorrelatedResponses  Geneticchange seen in traitsnotdirectlyselected for  Canbe a positiveor negativeresponse GeneticCorrelationGeneralities  Higher weaningand yearlingweights aregenerally associatedwith higherbirthweights  Higher growth rates are generally associatedwithlarger scrotal circumferences andribeyeareas  Higher growth EPDs are generally associatedwithlower maternal milkEPDs  Higher maternalmilkEPDs are generally associatedwithhigher marblinginprogeny EPDs  Do not predictperformance,butdo predict differences in performance
  Are onlyas good as thedatagoingintothe system 
  Best predictorofgeneticworth  Do not change  Do account for preferentialmatings Types ofEPDs Direct andMaternalEPDs  Weaningweight o Calf’sown genes – inherentabilitytogrow-EPD weaningweight o Genesof thecalf’s dam – nutritionalenvironment,i.e.,milk - EPD milk  EPD WWT reflects theexpected weaningweight performanceof a bull’scalves 
 11  EPD reflects thatportionofexpectedweaningweight MILK performanceof a bull’sdaughters’calvesinfluencedbyher milking ability
 ProductionEPDs – Direct  Birthweight 
  Calvingease 
  Weaningweight 
  Yearlingweight  Yearlingheight  Scrotal circumference ProductionEPDs – Maternal  Milk(WW) 
  Scrotal circumference 
  Calvingease 
  Heifer pregnancyrate 
  Stayability CarcassEPDs  Carcassweight 
  Marbling
  Ribeyearea 
  Backfat 
  % RetailProduct UltrasoundEPDs  % Intramuscularfat  Ribeyearea  Fat 12 How doI use anEPD? ComparingEPD BWTfor Sires A andB of theSame Breed  The DIFFERENCE is what’simportant! ComparingEPD BWTfor Sires A andC ofthe Same Breed  The DIFFERENCE is what’simportant! 13  The problemisthatwe stilldon’tknowwhatto expect in terms of calfbirthweights ifwe use BullA. 
  Shouldwe use BullA on heifers?  We need to lookat thebreed average for EPD Birth weight ComparingEPD BWTfor Sire A to the BreedAverage  Calfbirthweights for Sire A willbe 1.1 lbs.lighterthanthe“average sire”in the breed(withinthe siresummary). Are EPDs thatare equalinvalueequallyreliable?  No.Theyare not.  ReliabilityofanEPD is expressedinterms of ACCURACY.  Accuracy valuesrange from 0.00 to 1.00  As Accuracy approaches1.00,theEPD is more reliable PossibleChangeofEPD WWT at VaryingAccuracies 14 ComparativeReliabilityofEPD WWT Factors AffectingAccuracy  Amountofperformanceinformationavailableforanindividual,its relatives,andcontemporaries–More is Better 
  Numberof progenyhas thegreatest potentialforimprovingaccuracy  Heritabilitiesandgeneticcorrelationsamongtraits How doI interpretaccuracy? 15 SortingThrougha “Sea” of Data  Determinewhich traitsare importanttoyourproduction/marketing goals
  Use informationinbreedsiresummaries o Currentbreedaverages for EPDs o EPD percentage breakdown BreedingAverage EPDs WhatMakes AnimalsDifferent?  Cannotselectfor environmentaldifferencesandcarryit intothe next generation  Examples: o Litter size inhogs – Mostdifferences are environmental;will make most improvementthroughbettermanagement(Avg. littersize inU.S. increasedonly~1/2 pigoverlast15-20 years, from 7.1 to 7.7 pigs marketed.) o Frame size in cattle– Mostdifferences are genetic. Cattlehave gottenmuch tallerin the U.S.since 1970. Producers haveput emphasisonframe size intheir selectionprograms 
 16 How are AnimalPopulationsImproved?  Purposeofbreedingis to geneticallyimprovepopulations,notjust individuals  Two basictools: o Selection which are to be parents;howlongtheyremainin breedingpopulation o Mating whichmale bred towhich female  Bothtoolsinvolvedecisionmaking! 17


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