Sire Evaluation and Genetic Trends of Pre-Weaning Growth Traits of Fogera Cattle at Metekel Ranch, Amhara, Region, Ethiopia

Authors(5) :-Almaz Bekele, Zewdu Wuletaw, Aynalem Haile, Solomon Gizaw, Getinet Mekuriaw

The Best Linear Unbiased prediction (BLUP) procedure of animal evaluation using WOMBAT was done for estimation of breeding values of sires. Estimated overall mean breeding values for BWT, AWWT and PADG were 0.046 ± 0.23 kg, 0.26 ± 2.4 kg and 0.0002 ± 0.009kg, respectively. The trends of sire breeding values for all growth traits were negative. The hypothesis, selection based on phenotypic performance of animals can bring genetic progress in the herd was rejected and it is concluded that selection based on physical appraisal did not bring genetic progress. The selection method should be updated and must be based on genetic evaluation of individual animals. The coefficient of change in genetic trends for BWT, AWWT and PADG were -0.00134 ± 0.0012 kg, -0.05 ± 0.011 kg and -0.0001 ± 0.000045 kg respectively. The reduction of genetic potential of sires over years implies that the selection method based on the physical appraisal was not efficient.

Authors and Affiliations

Almaz Bekele
Wolaita Sodo University, Ethiopia
Zewdu Wuletaw
Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Intenationale Zusammenarbeit,(GIZ) GmbH, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Aynalem Haile
International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria
Solomon Gizaw
International livestock research institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Getinet Mekuriaw
International livestock research institute, Kenya

Fogera Breed, Growth Traits, Metekel Ranch, Sire Breeding Value.

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 2 | Issue 5 | September-October 2016
Date of Publication : 2016-08-31
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 319-322
Manuscript Number : IJSRST162558
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Almaz Bekele, Zewdu Wuletaw, Aynalem Haile, Solomon Gizaw, Getinet Mekuriaw, " Sire Evaluation and Genetic Trends of Pre-Weaning Growth Traits of Fogera Cattle at Metekel Ranch, Amhara, Region, Ethiopia, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.319-322, September-October-2016. Available at doi : 10.32628/IJSRST162558
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