Often effective breeding programmes are dependent on the assumption that heritabilities and genetic correlations between traits are the same in both sexes and that the genetic correlation for the same trait measured on both sexes is unity. A total of 12 302 records from 149 sire groups were analysed using mixed model techniques to test these assumptions. The results provide an indication that genetic and phenotypic parameters differ for male and female sheep. Cognizance of this fact should be taken when considering alternative selection strategies.

DG, McCall, JB Clayton, and BW Dow

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 49, , 157-162, 1989
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