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Animal Frontiers Abstract - Feature Articles

Genomic selection in commercial pig breeding

 

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  1. Vol. 6 No. 1, p. 15-22
     
    Published: January 5, 2016


    * Corresponding author(s): egbert.knol@topigsnorsvin.com
    pieter.knap@genusplc.com
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doi:10.2527/af.2016-0003
  1. Egbert F. Knol*,
  2. Bjarne Nielsen and
  3. Pieter W. Knap *
  1. * Topigs Norsvin, Beuningen, the Netherlands
     SEGES Videncenter for Svineproduktion, Copenhagen, Denmark
     Genus-PIC, Schleswig, Germany

Abstract

  • Leading pig breeding companies have implemented single-step evaluation for genomic selection. Overall, this increases EBV accuracies by half.

  • Further improvement requires focus on trait- and line-specific QTLs, exploitation of crossbred performance for non-additive genetic effects, and training for hard-to-measure traits.

  • The multi-breeding-company multi-line crossbred pig production structure limits very high accuracies. Increased genotyping and phenotyping will lead to improved training data and may increase accuracies by two-thirds rather than half.

  • Novel technologies will allow for genotyping all selection candidates, reducing the generation interval and emphasizing the need for inbreeding control, more efficient breeding structures, and higher selection intensities.

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