Milk fat contains many nutrients necessary for humans, including fat-soluble vitamins, energy, and bioactive lipids. It is important to understand the genetic basis for milk-fat composition in cows’ milk. Knowledge of these genetic parameters can be used to predict how different traits will respond to genetic selection. The predicted response in traits, including trade-offs between different traits, plays an important role in designing breeding schemes in dairy cattle. This chapter reviews the genetic variation in milk-fat composition between cows and looks into the genetic correlations with other traits.
|Title of host publication||Improving the safety and quality of milk: Volume I, Milk Production and Processing|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||700|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Publisher||Woodhead Publishing Limited|
van Arendonk, J. A. M., van Valenberg, H. J. F., & Bovenhuis, H. (2010). Exploiting genetic variation in milk-fat composition of milk from dairy cows. In M. W. Griffiths (Ed.), Improving the safety and quality of milk: Volume I, Milk Production and Processing (pp. 197-222). (188). Oxford. https://doi.org/10.1533/9781845699420.3.197