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Week 6 and 7 Notes

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Week 6 and 7 Notes ANSC 1000

Olivia Schweikart
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These notes cover animal breeding and reproduction
Introduction to Animal Sciences
Dr. Carolyn Huntington
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ANSC 1000, Animal Breeding, Animal Reproduction, Animal Sciences
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Date Created: 03/06/16
Animal Breeding & Reproduction Week 6 and 7 Notes Genetic Variation • Producers like to have animals that can all be vaccinated at the same time, moved at the same time, appear the same way, etc. o The animals are very similar in action, as well as appearance o Allows for the animals to be raised the same way, as well as handled the same way § Leads to a moderately constant harvest yield Accuracy • How well the heritable traits are transferred to the offspring o Important to recognize for exams which traits have higher/lower levels of heritability § Example: Reproductive traits are known to have low heritability • If the environment of the animals is standardized, then the environment will have the same effect on how the animals grow o This allows for other genetic variations the animals may have to show through Selection Intensity • Selection pressure- • Selection differential- a comparison of the average mating results for a heard of animals and two animals from the herd that have been mated o If the animals mated end up above the average for the herd, these will be chosen to be the mating animals o Can often be abbreviated SD, not to be confused with standard deviation • Example problem: If a group of heifers has an average weaning weight of 460 pounds, and the replacement heifers for the group carry a weaning weight of 490 pounds, what is the selection differential? o Solution: Subtract the average for the group from the weaning weight of the replacement heifers: 490 – 460 = 30 Generation Interval • The offspring of animals with a lower turnover for offspring are able to reach sexual maturity at a faster rate o Prove to be good in terms of fast generations where breeders can notice improvements § Example: Poultry have a 1-year generation interval whereas horses have 10 years before their offspring are sexually mature Tandem Method • When placing a lot of pressure on an individual trait, also influences other traits o Example: In the dairy industry, the Jersey does not yield as much milk as other breeds, such as Holstein, but do have a higher percentage of milk fat § Increasing the milk production would decrease the milk fat • Not efficient and not common in industry Independent Culling Levels • A common practice in industry where producers may set a minimum level a trait may be present • Two main issues with this method o Discrepancies emerge when deciding what animals are to be culled because the producers have to decide what traits are considered more desirable than others o An animal may be culled because of a certain characteristic when the producers would not take into consideration any other possible traits that could set the animal on top Breeding Decisions • Producers have to determine which superior animals to match • Artificial insemination or superovulation become decisions a producer has to make when determining rate of production • When looking at a breeding pedigree, the top portion refers to the parental lineage and the bottom refers to maternal lineage o If looking at an individual bracket within the pedigree, the top line represents a sire and the bottom represents a man • Inbreeding results in animals that are more similar in genotype and phenotype due to being crossed down their lineage o Results in a wide increase of amount of homozygous genes the animals hold § Producers must be aware about possible recessive genes o Decreases the size of the gene-pool o Can be used to develop new breeds by using nearly identical genetic pools o Not common in industry o Linebreeding § Can be done in industry § Considered to be less intense than traditional inbreeding § If males that are superior genetically are difficult to come by, can be a viable option § When an animal shows up in a pedigree multiple times, but is farther up the pedigree • Deemed linebreeding because you are concentrating ancestry for this animal of interest • Outbreeding results in animals that come from two different gene pools o Brings about a wider range of genotypes that have different performance traits § Species cross • Form of outbreeding that results from the crossing of two different species • Often, the offspring are infertile due to varying numbers of chromosomes o Example: Mule as a result of a Jack and a Mare § Outcrossing • Form of outbreeding where two individuals of the same species are mated • Previously unrelated • Most common procedure in industry § Grading up • Form of outbreeding where highly superior sires are used to ensure their purebred genes are getting passed along • Most common practice in the cattle industry § Crossbreeding • Form of outbreeding where animals of different breeds are crossed in order to bring out superior characteristics • Usually to bring about high performance • Producers must find breeds that compliment each other • Types of crossbreeding: o Terminal Cross § o Rotational Cross Reproduction • Timing is key in ensuring reproduction is successful o Otherwise, a lot of energy has been invested with nothing in return o Estrous cycles vary with species, as well as when the animal is actually in estrus § Ewe average 17 days • Estrus lasts 1 to 2 days § Mare average 21 days • Estrus lasts 4 to 6 days § Sow average 21 days • Estrus lasts 1 to 3 days § Cow average 21 days • Estrus lasts 16 to 20 hours • Crucial in industry o Can be harmful to production if reproduction declines • Embryo transfer o Transferring an embryo to another mother o The mother receiving the embryo must be in the exact stage of ovulation • Transgenic animals o Implementation of genes from one animal into another • Artificial Insemination o Taking semen from a superior sire and placing it inside of an accepting mother Sexual Development • The primary sex cell for the female is known as oogonia o The antrum is a fluid filled space around an egg while in a follicle § The tertiary follicle will mature and its lining cells will secrete estrogen • The corpus luteum in females is responsible for producing progesterone o Ensures a pregnancy continues • While females have a set amount of eggs, males are constantly undergoing the development of new sperm • Males o Testes § Responsible for the production of sperm § Involved in the production of testosterone § Stag- animal whose testicles have been removed after reaching sexual maturity • In vasectomies, the vas deferens tube is snipped § The scrotum, due to muscle action, will move either toward or away from the body depending on the temperature of the environment • Temperatures that are too high can result in non-functional sperm • Muscles include the cremaster and tunica dartos muscle • Producers take this into consideration and have set factors in order to handle it: o Fans, drip coolers, fans, water sources § Seminiferous tubules are what give the testicles their mass and size • Fill the testicle with sperm after producing it § Seminal vesicles make sure sperm have the nutrients they need in order to have the energy to swim throughout the female reproductive tract § In the epididymis, sperm will mature and will also have their pH changed, as the vagina is more acidic • If the sperm were to directly go into the vagina without this pH change, they would disintegrate § The bulbourethral gland functions on the sexual reproduction side, as it secretes a mucous to go along with the sperm; But, it also functions with the urinary system as it makes sure the urethra has no friction to it, will secrete a lubricant • The prostate gland will clean the urethra in order to remove the acidity o Males with lower hanging sheaths are susceptible to infection, as well as scraping Fertilization and attachment • An egg will be ovulated due to an LH hormone release from the pituitary gland • Once fertilized, this egg will attach to the endometrium, which is the lining of the uterus wall • The baby will receive nutrients through placenta o Made of three types of membranes: amniotic, allantoic, and chorionic


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