The prospects of selection for social genetic effects to improve welfare and productivity in livestock

  title={The prospects of selection for social genetic effects to improve welfare and productivity in livestock},
  author={Esther Dorien Ellen and T. Bas Rodenburg and Gerard A. A. Albers and Jantina Bolhuis and Irene Camerlink and Naomi Duijvesteijn and Egbert F. Knol and William M. Muir and Katrijn Peeters and Inonge Reimert and Ewa Sell-Kubiak and Johan A. M. van Arendonk and Jeroen Visscher and Piter Bijma},
  booktitle={Front. Genet.},
Social interactions between individuals living in a group can have both positive and negative effects on welfare, productivity, and health of these individuals. Negative effects of social interactions in livestock are easier to observe than positive effects. For example, laying hens may develop feather pecking, which can cause mortality due to cannibalism, and pigs may develop tail biting or excessive aggression. Several studies have shown that social interactions affect the genetic variation… CONTINUE READING
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