Niklaus Künzi

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This study aimed to estimate individual and herd-level energy balance (EB) using blood and milk traits in 90 multiparous high-yielding Holstein cows, held on a research farm, from wk 1 to 10 postpartum (p.p.) and to investigate the precision of prediction with successively decreased data sets simulating smaller herd sizes and with pooled samples. Dry matter(More)
Genetic evaluation for herd life based on survival analysis utilizes information available on all animals, dead (uncensored) and alive (censored), but the reliability of bulls' breeding values depends only on the number of uncensored daughters. Therefore, information on correlated conformation traits scored on daughters during their first lactation may be(More)
Inbreeding coefficients were computed for 910,444 animals of the Swiss Braunvieh population. Of the animals born in 1984, 71.5% were inbred with 67.9, 3.4, and .2% having inbreeding coefficients between greater than 0 and 5%, greater than 5 to 10%, and greater than 10%, respectively. The average inbreeding coefficient was 1.14% but, for animals with both(More)
This study aimed to evaluate metabolic and endocrine adaptations to energy intake in multiparous Holstein cows (n = 90; mean 9434 kg energy-corrected milk yield/305 d) over the first 20 wk postpartum and to assess the association of leptin with metabolic, endocrine, and zootechnical traits. Concentrates were fed automatically for 24 h at 30% (C30) or 50%(More)
The aim for this study was to derive economic values for meat quality traits. Meat quality experts from 10 slaughter and retail companies in Switzerland were asked to give an interview in which they indicated their willingness to pay different prices for carcasses from different quality classes. Economic values for the seven meat quality traits color (L*),(More)
This study evaluated the effect of metabolic, endocrine and energy status on onset of ovarian cycle, days open (DO), and conception at first service in 90 multiparous Holstein cows, housed at a research farm. Dry matter intake, milk yield and body weight were measured daily from Week 2 antepartum (a.p.) to Week 20 postpartum (p.p.). Milk composition was(More)
OBJECTIVE To use threshold concentrations of acetone and beta-hydroxybutyrate in milk and serum, respectively; identify risk for ketosis and endometritis; and assess analyses of blood and milk samples as predictors of risk for ketosis in high-yielding dairy cows. ANIMALS 90 multiparous Holstein cows. PROCEDURE At intervals before and after parturition,(More)
An analysis of productive life of Swiss Brown cattle was performed using a mixed survival model based on Cox regression. Data included 52,862 daughters of 297 sires. The length of productive life was observed from May 1, 1985 through August 15, 1995. Records on cows that were still alive in the end of study (32.4%) were treated as censored. The probability(More)
Daily feed intake data of 1 279 French Landrace (FL, 1 039 boars and 240 castrates) and 2 417 Large White (LW, 2 032 boars and 385 castrates) growing pigs were recorded with electronic feed dispensers in three French central testing stations from 1992–1994. Male (35 to 95 kg live body weight) or castrated (100 kg live body weight) group housed, ad libitum(More)
This study was conducted to investigate the impact of censoring on the accuracy of sire evaluation for the length of productive life estimated by means of survival analysis using simulated and real dairy cattle data from the Swiss Braunvieh population. Data were simulated under a Weibull model with two fixed effects and a random sire effect with a sire(More)