Genomic application in sheep and goat breeding

R Rupp, S Mucha, H Larroque, J McEwan, JE Conington

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• Genomic studies in small ruminants were first possible in 2009 with the development of the 50K ovine SNP chip. • Genomic evaluation has now been implemented in sheep in New Zealand and Australia, dairy sheep in France, and in goats in France and the UK. • Specific issues of genomic selection for these species include: small reference population sizes, low linkage disequilibrium, multi-breed evaluations, lack of phenotype recording in many countries, and marginal cost-benefit at historic genotyping costs. • Rapidly reducing genotyping cost coupled with a better understanding of how to maximize benefits of genomic selection mean adoption is poised to rise dramatically.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39 - 44
JournalAnimal Frontiers
Issue number1
Publication statusFirst published - 2016

Bibliographical note



  • Genomic selection
  • Goat
  • Sheep


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