Genetic parameters for fur quality graded on live animals and dried pelts of American mink (Neovison vison)

  title={Genetic parameters for fur quality graded on live animals and dried pelts of American mink (Neovison vison)},
  author={Janne Pia Thirstrup and J. Jensen and Mogens Sand{\o} Lund},
  journal={Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics},
Fur quality and skin size are integral qualities in the mink industry and are main determinants of sales price and subsequent income for mink fur producers. Parental animals of future generations are selected based on quality grading from live animals, but selection response is obtained from dried skins sold after pelting. In this study, we evaluated traits assessed during live grading and pelt traits examined on dried skins to determine correlation between live and pelt traits. Grading traits… 

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