Growth traits of four maternal lines of rabbits founded on different criteria: comparisons at foundation and at last periods after selection

C. Mínguez, J. P. Sanchez, A. G. El Nagar, M. Ragab, M. Baselga

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Abstract

The objective was to compare growth traits in four maternal lines of rabbits (A, V, H and LP), with the aim of understanding the consequence of the different foundation and selection processes on the growth performance of the lines. The lines are currently in the 43th, 38th, 22th and 8th generations, respectively. Two comparisons were performed. One compared the values of the lines at their foundation, using the complete data set, the full pedigree and a two-trait analysis, including data on the selection criteria, litter size. The other comparisons were done during the last period when all the lines were housed together with the same feeding and management. The numbers of records were 323 208 for weaning weight, and 300 553 for slaughter weight and average daily Gain (from 46 708 l). The pedigree file included 346 638 animals. The second analysis used only the data corresponding to each period, and the analysis was conducted using a one-trait model. The model was the same as that defined for the comparisons at the foundation, but the additive effects were excluded. The H and LP lines showed highest values for all the traits compared. In the last periods, a good agreement was observed between the estimated differences, computed with the complete model and data set, or computed with an incomplete model and only data from the comparison period. At last periods, the differences were smaller than at foundation. The importance of the correlated response in growth after selection for litter size at weaning or the importance of a non-programmed intramating selection for the growth traits can explain the changes since foundation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Volume133
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Growth traits
  • line foundation
  • maternal lines
  • rabbits

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