Implementation in breeding programmes

MP Coffey, S McParland, C Bastin, E Wall, D Berry, RF Veerkamp

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Genetic improvement is easy when selecting for one heritable and well-recorded trait at a time. Many industrialised national dairy herds have overall breeding indices that incorporate a range of traits balanced by their known or estimated economic value. Future breeding goals will contain more non-production traits and, in the context of this paper, traits associated with human health and cow robustness. The definition of Robustness and the traits used to predict it are currently fluid; however, the use of mid-infrared reflectance spectroscopic analysis of milk will help to create new phenotypes on a large scale that can be used to improve the human health characteristics of milk and the robustness of cows producing it. This paper describes the state-of-the-art in breeding strategies that include animal robustness (mainly energy status) and milk quality (as described by milk fatty acid profile), with particular emphasis on the research results generated by the FP7-funded ROBUSTMILK project
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626 - 630
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in Animal Biosciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPrint publication - Jul 2013

Bibliographical note



  • Dairy
  • Genotype robustness
  • Low cost
  • MIR
  • Phenotype
  • Rapid


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