Automatic milking system, a source for novel phenotypes as base for new genetic selection tools

J.J. Vosman, H.W.M. Poppe, H.A. Mulder, A. Assen, B.J. Ducro, A. Gerrits, C. Vesseur, J.H. Boes, H. Eding, G. de Jong

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Abstract

Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) provide data to derive phenotypes comparable with the current set of phenotypes used for breeding value estimation, but AMS are also a source for novel phenotypes as a base for new breeding values. In this general overview possible applications of data from AMS in breeding are discussed. Cartesian teat coordinates measured by AMS provide new opportunities to derive udder conformation traits and can be used as indicator trait for udder oedema. Regarding body weight, a regression model using the Wilmink function can be used to predict body weight during lactation. New phenotypes describing the milk flow, especially the start of the milk flow
are possible by AMS techniques. For traits like AMS efficiency and milking speed current breeding values can be updated by new information. AMS data show great opportunities for developing breeding tools to breed a more efficient and healthy cows.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production
Subtitle of host publicationVolume Technologies - Novel Phenotypes
PublisherWCGALP
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Event11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 11 Feb 201816 Feb 2018

Conference

Conference11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period11/02/1816/02/18

Keywords

  • automatic milking system, new traits, genetics

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    Vosman, J. J., Poppe, H. W. M., Mulder, H. A., Assen, A., Ducro, B. J., Gerrits, A., Vesseur, C., Boes, J. H., Eding, H., & de Jong, G. (2018). Automatic milking system, a source for novel phenotypes as base for new genetic selection tools. In Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production: Volume Technologies - Novel Phenotypes [286] WCGALP. http://www.wcgalp.org/proceedings/2018/automatic-milking-system-source-novel-phenotypes-base-new-genetic-selection-tools