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See detailExpressing female fertility in the Walloon region of Belgium: how to do?
Vanderick, Sylvie ULg; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Interbull Bulletin (2009), 40

Since September 2007, the Walloon Region of Belgium has used a genetic evaluation system for pregnancy rate in Holsteins and has participated in 3 of the 5 MACE trait INTERBULL runs for female fertility ... [more ▼]

Since September 2007, the Walloon Region of Belgium has used a genetic evaluation system for pregnancy rate in Holsteins and has participated in 3 of the 5 MACE trait INTERBULL runs for female fertility. In order to define general way of female fertility expression, a principal component analysis was carried out on six published foreign female fertility indexes. Results of were used to compute a direct female fertility index with the INTERBULL international female fertility proofs available on the Walloon scale. An indirect female fertility index was also developed in order to increase reliability of young bulls. Approximate procedure based on selection index was used to combine both indexes in an overall index called combined female fertility index. This index was highly correlated with the direct female fertility index (.96) and the first principal component (.85), therefore it was considered as good expression of female fertility. Moreover, this allowed recovering 4,019 INTERBULL bulls with a publishable female fertility index. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement d’un outil de prédiction de la probabilité de réussite à l’insémination chez la vache laitière à partir des données du Contrôle Laitier
Laloux, Laurent; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Glorieux, Géry et al

in 15ème Rencontres Recherches Ruminants, Paris, les 3 et 4 décembre 2008 (2008, December)

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See detailAnalysis of the Skyros pony breed: population structure and genetic variability
Bömcke, Elisabeth ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Conference (2008, November)

Due to its geographic location, Greece is a crossroad between three continents and its mountainous landscape and numerous islands have lead to the creation of many small populations of distinct and ... [more ▼]

Due to its geographic location, Greece is a crossroad between three continents and its mountainous landscape and numerous islands have lead to the creation of many small populations of distinct and isolated breeds. On the basis of phenotypes and genotypes, seven native breeds were identified. The Skyros pony has a distinct phenotype from those of other breeds. This phenotypic difference seems to be linked to the fact that the Skyros pony is less genetically similar to the other Greek breed than the other breeds are to each other as shown in previous studies. Furthermore, the Skyros pony breed risk status is described as endangered according to the criteria of the Food and Agricultural Organization (DAD-IS). The main reason is that the population is concentrated only in three herds of reduced size. This study analyses the population structure and describes the genetic variability of the breed using 15 microsatellite markers and available genealogical information. The molecular characterization and the pedigree were also used to investigate the presence of bottleneck. Factorial correspondence analysis and analysis of molecular variance showed that the three herds seemed to be genetically distinct even if the genetic variance between herds was low (5.75%). For the whole population, the mean total number of allele per locus was 5.93. The average Polymorphism Information Content value was relatively high (~ 0.60) as the observed heterozygosity (0.64) and the expected heterozygosity (0.62). The comparison with other studies showed that these values were well within the range for domestic horses but were at the lower end of that range, i.e. with the values from breeds with small population size or recent bottlenecks. However, these values indicated a still substantial genetic diversity in the Skyros breed that could be useful for planning future breeding strategies for the breed conservation. This is consistent with the results of various bottleneck tests, which detected no evidence of bottleneck when considering the whole population but suggested that there was bottleneck in two of the three main herds of Skyros pony. Comparisons between DNA-based and pedigree-based results showed that the loss of genetic diversity has probably occurred before the beginning of breed registration. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acid content and the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fatty acids in bovine milk.
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dardenne, Pierre; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008), 91(9), 3611-26

Fatty acid composition influences the nutritional quality of milk and the technological properties of butter. Using a prediction of fatty acid (FA) contents by mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry, a large ... [more ▼]

Fatty acid composition influences the nutritional quality of milk and the technological properties of butter. Using a prediction of fatty acid (FA) contents by mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry, a large amount of data concerning the FA profile in bovine milk was collected. The large number of records permitted consideration of more complex models than those used in previous studies. The aim of the current study was to estimate the effects of season and stage of lactation as well as genetic parameters of saturated (SAT) and monounsaturated (MONO) fatty acid contents in bovine milk and milk fat, and the ratio of SAT to unsaturated fatty acids (UNSAT) that reflect the hardness of butter (SAT:UNSAT), using 7 multiple-trait, random-regression test-day models. The relationship between these FA traits with common production traits was also studied. The data set contained 100,841 test-day records of 11,626 Holstein primiparous cows. The seasonal effect was studied based on unadjusted means. These results confirmed that milk fat produced during spring and summer had greater UNSAT content compared with winter (63.13 vs. 68.94% of SAT in fat, on average). The effect of stage of lactation on FA profile was studied using the same methodology. Holstein cows in early first lactation produced a lower content of SAT in their milk fat. Variance components were estimated using a Bayesian method via Gibbs sampling. Heritability of SAT in milk (0.42) was greater than heritability of SAT in milk fat (0.24). Estimates of heritability for MONO were also different in milk and fat (0.14 vs. 0.27). Heritability of SAT:UNSAT was moderate (0.27). For all of these traits, the heritability estimates and the genetic and phenotypic correlations varied through the lactation. [less ▲]

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See detailVariation of delta(9)-desaturase activity in dairy cattle
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric; Mayeres, Patrick et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008), 91(8), 3211-3224

The endogenous production of unsaturated fatty acids (FA), particularly some monounsaturated FA (%MONO) and nearly all conjugated linoleic acids, is regulated by the 9-desaturase activity. The aims of ... [more ▼]

The endogenous production of unsaturated fatty acids (FA), particularly some monounsaturated FA (%MONO) and nearly all conjugated linoleic acids, is regulated by the 9-desaturase activity. The aims of this study were to assess the variation of this enzymatic activity within lactation, across dairy breeds, and to estimate its genetic parameters. The ratios of C14:1 cis-9 to C14:0, C16:1 cis-9 to C16:0, and C18:1 cis to C18:0 were calculated from FA contents predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry. Variance components and standard errors were estimated using average information REML. The multitrait mixed model included as fixed effects herd × test date × class of lactation number, class of days in milk × class of lactation number, class of age × class of lactation number, and regressions on breed composition. Four random effects were also included: animal genetic effect, 2 permanent environments (within and across lactations), and residual effect. Under the assumption that the calculated ratios are an approximate measurement of 9-desaturase activity, this study showed different sources of variation for this enzymatic activity. A slight difference was observed within lactation. The ratios of C14:1 cis-9 to C14:0 and C16:1 cis-9 to C16:0 increased as a function of days in milk. Differences across 7 dairy breeds were observed. The values of 9-desaturase indices observed for Jersey and Brown-Swiss cows were lower compared with Holstein. The opposite was observed for dual-purpose Belgian Blue cows. Values of heritability for the ratios of C14:1 cis-9 to C14:0, C16:1 cis-9 to C16:0, and C18:1 cis to C18:0 were 20, 20, and 3%, respectively. Negative genetic correlations observed between fat or protein contents and the 3 indices suggested that an increased activity of 9-desaturase could inhibit the synthesis of fat and protein in bovine milk. Negative correlations were also observed between fat or protein contents and the contents of 3 studied unsaturated FA in milk fat (C14:1 cis-9, C16:1 cis-9, and C18:1 cis). The positive genetic correlations observed between %MONO and the ratios of C14:1 cis-9 to C14:0 (0.72), C16:1 cis-9 to C16:0 (0.62), and C18:1 cis to C18:0 (0.97) showed that %MONO is linked to the 9-desaturase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic variability of the Skyros pony breed and its relationship with other Greek and foreign horse breeds
Bömcke, Elisabeth ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Cothran, E. G.

in Book of Abstracts of the 59th Annual Meeeting of the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP) (2008, August)

On the basis of phenotypes and genotypes, seven native breeds were identified in Greece. The Skyros pony is the more distinctive of these breeds. Using blood group and microsatellite loci, the aim of this ... [more ▼]

On the basis of phenotypes and genotypes, seven native breeds were identified in Greece. The Skyros pony is the more distinctive of these breeds. Using blood group and microsatellite loci, the aim of this study was to assess the genetic diversity of Skyros breed, using also available genealogical information, and to investigate its relationships with the other Greek and foreign horse breeds. Results showed that the Skyros breed presented similar level of genetic diversity to other European breeds. Comparisons between DNA-based and pedigree-based results showed that the loss of genetic diversity has probably occurred before the beginning of breed registration. However, the relatively high levels of heterozygosity and Polymorphism Information Content values indicated still sufficient residual genetic variability that could be useful for planning future breeding strategies for the breed conservation. Relationship study showed no association between genetic variation of native Greek breed and population size or degree of geographic isolation. Compared to other domestic breeds, most of the Greek breed showed closest relationships with Middle Eastern breeds, while the Skyros breed clustered surprisingly with Lithuanian horses. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids estimated by test-day model in Walloon dairy cattle
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Dardenne, Pierre et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008, July 07)

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See detailEffects of allele frequency estimation on genomic predictions and inbreeding coefficients.
VanRaden, P. M.; Tooker, M. E.; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008, July), 91

Genetic calculations often require estimating allele frequencies, which differ across time due to selection and drift. Data were 50,000 simulated markers and 39,985 actual markers for 2391 genotyped ... [more ▼]

Genetic calculations often require estimating allele frequencies, which differ across time due to selection and drift. Data were 50,000 simulated markers and 39,985 actual markers for 2391 genotyped Holstein bulls. Gene content of relatives and gene frequencies in the base (founder) population were estimated using pedigrees and a linear model. Ancestors born since 1950 were included, for a total of 22,088 animals. Because pedigrees were very complete, only one unknown-parent group was used. Convergence to 5 digits of accuracy required about 1000 iterations. Total time was 2 processor days and proportional to number of animals times markers, but actual clock time was reduced by processing loci on separate chromosomes in parallel. Simple allele frequencies were obtained from only the known genotypes. True base frequencies were correlated with estimated base frequencies by 0.98 versus 0.94 with simple frequencies. Genomic predictions and inbreeding coefficients were computed in four ways, using true or estimated base frequencies, simple frequencies, or an “estimate” of .5 for each marker. When allele frequencies estimates were used instead of 0.5 to assign mixed model coefficients, solutions converged more slowly but predictions were more accurate. From simulated data, realized reliabilities for young bulls were 62.8% using either true or estimated base frequencies, 62.6% using simple frequencies, and 62.0% using frequencies set to 0.5. Pedigree and genomic inbreeding coefficients were correlated by 0.73 using true base frequencies, 0.67 using estimated base frequencies, 0.12 using simple frequencies, and 0.72 when frequencies were set to 0.5. Genomic inbreeding coefficients were biased downward by 7% to 9% using either frequency estimate, upward by 31% using 0.5, but were reasonable when true frequencies were used. Frequency estimation had small effects on genomic predictions but large effects on genomic inbreeding coefficients in both simulated and real data. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategies to incorporate genomic prediction into population-wide genetic evaluations
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; VanRaden, P. M.

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008, July), 91

Most current research on genomic selection is focusing on the accurate prediction of genomic breeding values. However selection solely based on genomic breeding values, despite being theoretically ... [more ▼]

Most current research on genomic selection is focusing on the accurate prediction of genomic breeding values. However selection solely based on genomic breeding values, despite being theoretically promising, is in practice only suboptimal for several reasons. The two most important are that only few animals are genotyped therefore having genomic prediction directly available and that rankings will change. With genomic breeding values potentially available in the near future, strategies are required to avoid any confusion in the mind of users. The aim of this study is to present three different strategies that could be used to incorporate genomic prediction into population-wide genetic evaluation. The three strategies are: 1) using selection index theory to combine both sources of information into a single set of breeding values; 2) for ungenotyped animals, compute conditional expectation of gene contents for SNP given molecular and pedigree data and use these predicted gene contents; and 3) integrate genomic breeding values as external information into genetic evaluation using a Bayesian framework. If strategy 1) is straight forward, additional steps have to be done to adjust breeding values for changes in those of relatives. A practical implementation is to use reliabilities of the genomic prediction, the population-wide genetic evaluation PA, and PA from the genotyped subset to set up a 3 x 3 matrix for each animal, with off-diagonal elements being functions of the 3 reliabilities. The use of strategy 2) is computationally much more challenging but leads directly to the needed covariance structures combining genomic relationship if known with pedigree relationships. Strategy 3) is potentially a good compromise because the theory is well established and has already been used in beef cattle to incorporate external breeding values. Also current genetic evaluation software can be easily modified to incorporate genomic breeding values [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters of stearoyl coenzyme-A desaturase 9 activity estimated by test-day model
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

Conference (2008, July)

Dairy and beef products account for a large part of fat intake in human nutrition and therefore can be linked to dietary diseases. The stearoyl Coenzyme-A desaturase 9 (delta-9) gene was identified as a ... [more ▼]

Dairy and beef products account for a large part of fat intake in human nutrition and therefore can be linked to dietary diseases. The stearoyl Coenzyme-A desaturase 9 (delta-9) gene was identified as a potential functional candidate gene affecting milk fat composition in dairy cattle. The objective of this research was to estimate the genetic parameters of delta-9 activity indicator traits and to study the relationship between delta-9 activity as described by these indicator traits and common milk production traits. A total of 126,331 test-day records were obtained from 14,259 Holstein (> 84% Holstein gene) heifers belonging to 105 herds. The studied traits were milk yield, percentages of fat and protein, content of monounsaturated fatty acids, and 3 ratios reflecting the delta-9 activity (C14:1/ C14:0; C16:1/C16:0 and C18:1/C18). The used model was a multiple-trait random regressions test-day model and included as fixed effects: herd x date of test, class of age, and month x year. Random effects were herd x year of calving, permanent environmental, additive genetic, and residual effects. The fatty acid contents were estimated by mid-infrared spectrometry. Delta-9 activity varied within year and lactation. The obtained heritability estimates of delta-9 as well as the genetic and phenotypic correlation varied also through lactation. This study suggests potential improvements of delta-9 activity and subsequently milk fat composition can be achieved by animal management but also by breeding and animal selection. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters of stearoyl coenzyme-A desaturase 9 activity estimated by test-day model
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008, July), 91(E-Suppl. 2), 542

Dairy and beef products account for a large part of fat intake in human nutrition and therefore can be linked to dietary diseases. The stearoyl Coenzyme-A desaturase 9 (delta-9) gene was identified as a ... [more ▼]

Dairy and beef products account for a large part of fat intake in human nutrition and therefore can be linked to dietary diseases. The stearoyl Coenzyme-A desaturase 9 (delta-9) gene was identified as a potential functional candidate gene affecting milk fat composition in dairy cattle. The objective of this research was to estimate the genetic parameters of delta-9 activity indicator traits and to study the relationship between delta-9 activity as described by these indicator traits and common milk production traits. A total of 126,331 test-day records were obtained from 14,259 Holstein (> 84% Holstein gene) heifers belonging to 105 herds. The studied traits were milk yield, percentages of fat and protein, content of monounsaturated fatty acids, and 3 ratios reflecting the delta-9 activity (C14:1/ C14:0; C16:1/C16:0 and C18:1/C18). The used model was a multiple-trait random regressions test-day model and included as fixed effects: herd x date of test, class of age, and month x year. Random effects were herd x year of calving, permanent environmental, additive genetic, and residual effects. The fatty acid contents were estimated by mid-infrared spectrometry. Delta-9 activity varied within year and lactation. The obtained heritability estimates of delta-9 as well as the genetic and phenotypic correlation varied also through lactation. This study suggests potential improvements of delta-9 activity and subsequently milk fat composition can be achieved by animal management but also by breeding and animal selection. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential Estimation of Minerals Content in Cow Milk Using Mid-Infrared Spectrometry
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Bruwier, Damien; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in ICAR Proceedings of the Biennial Sessions (2008, June 16)

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See detailPredicting bovine milk urea concentration for future test-day records in a management perspective
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Laloux, Laurent; Bertozzi, Carlo et al

Conference (2008, April 02)

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See detailGenetic variability of fatty acids in bovine milk
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2008), 12(2), 203-210

Fatty acids composition of bovine milk influences the technological properties of butterfat and also presents some potential benefits for human health. Impact of feeding on fat composition is well ... [more ▼]

Fatty acids composition of bovine milk influences the technological properties of butterfat and also presents some potential benefits for human health. Impact of feeding on fat composition is well described in the literature; less information is available about the impact of genetics. Based on few studies, essentially conducted to isolate some feeding effect, the breed seemed to influence the fatty acids composition. The variation in the activity of δ-9 desaturase, key enzyme in the production of monounsaturated fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acids in milk, could explain these differences. Very few studies have been focussing on the estimation of genetic parameters of fatty acids composition. However, the moderate heritability estimates observed by these studies for the major fatty acids could suggest a potential genetic effect. [less ▲]

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See detailDosage des sels minéraux du lait par la spectrométrie du moyen-infrarouge. Outil pratique à destination des chercheurs, éleveurs et industriels laitiers
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Bruwier, Damien; Dardenne, Pierre et al

in 13ième Carrefour des Productions animales: L'élevage des ruminants en question: vérités et contre-vérités (2008, January 23)

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See detailOptiVal: Vers de nouveaux outils de gestion pour les éleveurs laitiers wallons, Prédire la réussite à l’insémination
Laloux, Laurent; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Glorieux, Géry et al

Poster (2008, January 23)

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