Genetic parameters of growth and in vivo computerized tomography based carcass traits in Pannon White rabbits

I. Nagy, N. Ibáñez, R. Romvári, W. Mekkawy, Sz Metzger, P. Horn, Zs Szendro

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Abstract

Genetic parameters for average daily gain between the age of 5 and 10 weeks (ADG), the average cross-sectional area of the m. Longissimus dorsi (L) (between the 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th lumbar vertebrae-based on in vivo computerized tomography (CT)) and dressing out percentage (DoP) were estimated in a group of 28,686 Pannon White rabbits reared in 5044 litters and born between 2000 and 2003. Using multivariate animal models with Bayesian procedures, estimated heritabilities were moderate and moderately high for ADG, L and DoP (0.21 to 0.29, 0.25 to 0.42 and 0.19 to 0.71, respectively). Litter effects were moderate for ADG, L and DoP estimates (0.20 to 0.22, 0.10 to 0.18 and 0.09 to 0.30, respectively). Genetic correlation coefficient estimates between ADG and L and ADG and DoP were moderate and negative (- 0.41 to - 0.01, - 0.70 to + 0.10). A moderately high positive genetic correlation was found between L and DoP (0.13 to 0.83).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalLivestock Science
Volume104
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Computer tomography
  • Genetic parameters
  • Rabbits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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