Andrea Albera

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Estimates of heritabilities and genetic correlations for calving ease over parities were obtained for the Italian Piedmontese population using animal models. Field data were calving records of 50,721 first- and 44,148 second-parity females and 142,869 records of 38,213 cows of second or later parity. Calving ability was scored in five categories and(More)
The aim of this study was to estimate genetic parameters for type traits of hypertrophic Piemontese cows. Seven traditional type trait evaluations (70 to 100 grid scores), 2 body measurements (cm), and 13 linear description traits (1 to 9 grid scores) recorded on 21,757 Piemontese primiparous cows reared in 990 farms were used. Data were analyzed using a(More)
Genetic parameters of meat quality (MQ) were estimated on Longissimus thoracis muscle of 1208 Piemontese young bulls, progeny of 109 AI sires. Carcass weight (CW), conformation (EUS) and pH (pH24h) were recorded at 24h and lightness (L*), redness (a*), yellowness (b*), pH (pH8d), drip loss (DL), cooking loss (CL) and shear force (SF) were assessed. The(More)
Cheese yield is the most important technological parameter in the dairy industry in many countries. The aim of this study was to infer (co)variance components for cheese yields (CY) and nutrient recoveries in curd (REC) predicted using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of samples collected during milk recording on Holstein, Brown Swiss, and(More)
First parity calving difficulty scores from Italian Piemontese cattle were analysed using a threshold mixed effects model. The model included the fixed effects of age of dam and sex of calf and their interaction and the random effects of sire, maternal grandsire, and herd-year-season. Covariances between sire and maternal grandsire effects were modelled(More)
In this study, a hierarchical threshold mixed model based on a cumulative t-link specification for the analysis of ordinal data or more, specifically, calving ease scores, was developed. The validation of this model and the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm was carried out on simulated data from normally and t4 (i.e. a t-distribution with four(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate genetic relationships between beef traits of station-tested young bulls and carcass and meat quality traits (MQ) of commercial intact males in Piemontese cattle. Phenotypes for daily gain (DG) and live fleshiness traits (width at withers: WW; shoulder muscularity: SM; loin width: LW; loin thickness: LT; thigh(More)
Five single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in the calpain 1, (mu/I) large subunit (CAPN1), calpastatin (CAST), and cathepsin D (CTSD) genes were analyzed in a large sample of Piemontese cattle. The aim of this study was to evaluate allele and genotype frequencies of these SNPs and to investigate associations of CAPN1, CAST, and CTSD gene variants(More)
Growth hormone (GH) and the Pit-1 transcription factor have been shown to be involved in the physiological mechanisms related to growth. The present study was carried out to investigate the possible association of the polymorphism at GH1 and POU1F1 loci with meat production traits in Piemontese cattle. Fourteen traits were considered, expressing growth(More)
The aims of this study were 1) to investigate the potential application of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to predict beef quality (BQ) traits, 2) to assess genetic variations of BQ measures and their predictions obtained by NIRS, and 3) to infer the genetic relationship between measures of BQ and their predictions. Young Piedmontese bulls (n = 1,230)(More)