Accuracy of estimated genomic breeding values for wool and meat traits in a multi-breed sheep population

Daetwyler, H. D., Hickey, J. M., Henshall, J. M., Dominik, S., Gredler, B., van der Werf, J. H. J. and Hayes, B. J. (2010) Accuracy of estimated genomic breeding values for wool and meat traits in a multi-breed sheep population. Animal Production Science, 50 12: 1004-1010. doi:10.1071/AN10096

Author Daetwyler, H. D.
Hickey, J. M.
Henshall, J. M.
Dominik, S.
Gredler, B.
van der Werf, J. H. J.
Hayes, B. J.
Title Accuracy of estimated genomic breeding values for wool and meat traits in a multi-breed sheep population
Journal name Animal Production Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-0939
Publication date 2010-11-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AN10096
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 50
Issue 12
Start page 1004
End page 1010
Total pages 7
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Estimated breeding values for the selection of more profitable sheep for the sheep meat and wool industries are currently based on pedigree and phenotypic records. With the advent of a medium-density DNA marker array, which genotypes ∼50000 ovine single nucleotide polymorphisms, a third source of information has become available. The aim of this paper was to determine whether this genomic information can be used to predict estimated breeding values for wool and meat traits. The effects of all single nucleotide polymorphism markers in a multi-breed sheep reference population of 7180 individuals with phenotypic records were estimated to derive prediction equations for genomic estimated breeding values (GEBV) for greasy fleece weight, fibre diameter, staple strength, breech wrinkle score, weight at ultrasound scanning, scanned eye muscle depth and scanned fat depth. Five hundred and forty industry sires with very accurate Australian sheep breeding values were used as a validation population and the accuracies of GEBV were assessed according to correlations between GEBV and Australian sheep breeding values . The accuracies of GEBV ranged from 0.15 to 0.79 for wool traits in Merino sheep and from 0.07 to 0.57 for meat traits in all breeds studied. Merino industry sires tended to have more accurate GEBV than terminal and maternal breeds because the reference population consisted mainly of Merino haplotypes. The lower accuracy for terminal and maternal breeds suggests that the density of genetic markers used was not high enough for accurate across-breed prediction of marker effects. Our results indicate that an increase in the size of the reference population will increase the accuracy of GEBV.
Keyword Genomic selection
Single nucleotide polymorphism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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