Estimation of genetic parameters for longevity traits in dairy cattle: a review with focus on the characteristics of analytical models.

Longevity is an economically important trait of dairy cattle for increasing the profitability of dairy management. The reasons for culling can be either voluntary (primarily productivity) or involuntary (primarily health and fertility). Longevity characteristics include: (i) true longevity (all culling reasons, including productivity); and (ii) functional… CONTINUE READING