The role of breeding and genetics in the welfare of farm animals

TB Rodenburg, SP Turner

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This review will focus on the role of animal breeding and genetics in the welfare of animals and will highlight that: • Past selection on a narrow range of production traits has had welfare impacts. • New breeding tools could enhance the rate of undesirable change in correlated traits of welfare signifi cance. • These new breeding tools could, however, also facilitate selection deliberately aimed at improving welfare-relevant traits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16 - 21
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Frontiers
Publication statusFirst published - 2012


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  • Aggression
  • Behavior
  • Feather pecking
  • Genomics
  • Selection

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