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

TB Rodenburg, SP Turner

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Abstract

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
Volume2
Publication statusFirst published - 2012

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farmed animal species
animal genetics
animal breeding
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Bibliographical note

1023379

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Behavior
  • Feather pecking
  • Genomics
  • Selection

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The role of breeding and genetics in the welfare of farm animals. / Rodenburg, TB; Turner, SP.

In: Animal Frontiers, Vol. 2, 2012, p. 16 - 21.

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