Andrew A. Swan

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The accuracy of genomic prediction depends largely on the number of animals with phenotypes and genotypes. In some industries, such as sheep and beef cattle, data are often available from a mixture of breeds, multiple strains within a breed or from crossbred animals. The objective of this study was to compare the accuracy of genomic prediction for several(More)
Female reproductive technologies such as multiple ovulation and embryo transfer (MOET) and juvenile in vitro embryo production and embryo transfer (JIVET) can boost rates of genetic gain but they can also increase rates of inbreeding. Inbreeding can be managed using the principles of optimal contribution selection (OCS), which maximizes genetic gain while(More)
Genomic predictions can be applied early in life without impacting selection candidates. This is especially useful for meat quality traits in sheep. Carcass and novel meat quality traits were predicted in a multi-breed sheep population that included Merino, Border Leicester, Polled Dorset and White Suffolk sheep and their crosses. Prediction of breeding(More)
In single-step genomic evaluation using best linear unbiased prediction (ssGBLUP), genomic predictions are calculated with a relationship matrix that combines pedigree and genomic information. For missing pedigrees, unknown selection processes, or inclusion of several populations, a BLUP model can include unknown-parent groups (UPG) in the animal effect.(More)
Data from seven research resource flocks across Australia were combined to provide accurate estimates of genetic correlations among production traits in Merino sheep. The flocks represented contemporary Australian Merino fine, medium and broad wool strains over the past 30 years. Over 110,000 records were available for analysis for each of the major wool(More)
Farm animals suffer constant bombardment with cocktails of infectious pathogens present in the environment. Eliminating these pathogens from farms is not always feasible. Therefore, improving the resilience of animals, i.e. their ability to maintain high production levels whilst infected, may constitute a desirable defence strategy. Despite compelling(More)
Genomic selection is becoming a standard tool in livestock breeding programs, particularly for traits that are hard to measure. Accuracy of genomic selection can be improved by increasing the quantity and quality of data and potentially by improving analytical methods. Adding genotypes and phenotypes from additional breeds or crosses often improves the(More)
The concepts of environmental resilience, robustness and tolerance in domestic livestock species are discussed in general and illustrated using specific examples from the Australian Merino industry. It is discussed how these concepts relate to the more commonly known notion of genotype x environment (GxE) interaction. The Merino sheep breed consists of(More)