Genetic evaluations for mixed-breed populations.

An all-breed animal model was developed for routine genetic evaluations of US dairy cattle. Data sets from individual breeds were combined, and records from crossbred cows were included. About 1% of recent cows were first-generation crossbreds. The numbers of cows with records since 1960 ranged from 10 to 22 million for the 6 traits analyzed, which were… CONTINUE READING