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See detailSelective breeding of Arabian and Thoroughbred racehorses in Algeria: perceptions, objectives and practices of owners-breeders
Tennah, Safia ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Kafidi, Nacerredine et al

in Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia (2014), 43(4), 188-196

This survey, conducted with 461 racehorse owners-breeders in Algeria between 2009 and 2011, investigates their perceptions, objectives and practices regarding selective breeding. Racehorse breeding is a ... [more ▼]

This survey, conducted with 461 racehorse owners-breeders in Algeria between 2009 and 2011, investigates their perceptions, objectives and practices regarding selective breeding. Racehorse breeding is a full-time professional activity for a third of interviewees. The holdings are small-sized with 77% owning one or two mares. The regular practice of mating is here used to categorize breeders according to their degree of professionalization (38.4% professional vs. 61.6% occasional breeders). Experience in the sector was also used to classify breeders, considering as “junior” the breeders under 10 years experience (38.8%) and as “senior” those above 10 years (61.2%). More than professionalization, experience shows a significant impact on practices and objectives. Thus, experience influences breed choice (junior breeders tend to specialize while senior own both Arabian and Thoroughbreds), age at first foaling (sooner among senior breeders), information sources considered for selecting stallions (senior use more diversified sources), the importance granted to the price of mating (greater for junior breeders), the importance granted to the ranking compared to earnings (the ranking being more important to junior breeders), and the priority given to breeding (junior breeders give higher priority to a buy-race-resell activity). Finally, racehorse breeding is poorly professionalized, the only financial goal being cost coverage. Despite inappropriate practices, an interest for selection is noticed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes ressources génétiques ovines en Algérie
Moula, Nassim ULg; Tennah, Safia ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 30)

Avec un cheptel avoisinant les 19 millions de têtes, l'élevage ovin occupe une place importante en Algérie. Outre sa contribution de plus de 50 % dans la production nationale de viandes rouges et de 10 à ... [more ▼]

Avec un cheptel avoisinant les 19 millions de têtes, l'élevage ovin occupe une place importante en Algérie. Outre sa contribution de plus de 50 % dans la production nationale de viandes rouges et de 10 à 15% dans le produit intérieur brut agricole, l’élevage ovin joue un rôle socioculturel important. Il se pratique dans toutes les zones climatiques, depuis la côte méditerranéenne jusqu'aux oasis du grand Sahara. Cette diversité pédoclimatique du plus grand pays africain offre à l’Algérie une extraordinaire diversité de races ovines, avec huit races caractérisées par une rusticité remarquable, adaptées à leurs milieux respectifs. Avec 63% du cheptel ovin total, la race Ouled Djellal, aussi appelée la race Blanche, est la plus importante race ovine algérienne. Elle est exploitée principalement pour la production de viande. La race Berbère représentant un quart du cheptel ovin national, est considérée comme la plus ancienne race algérienne. Elle est menacée par les croisements non-contrôlés avec d’autres races pour l’amélioration de son potentiel productif. La troisième race ovine très importante est la Rmbi avec 11,1% du cheptel national, considérée comme la plus lourde race ovine en Algérie avec des poids avoisinants les 90 kg chez le bélier et 60kg chez la brebis. Les races Hamra, Barbarine, D'man, Sidahou et Tazegzawt représentent ensemble moins de 1% du cheptel ovin algérien. Le déclin de ces populations illustre l’érosion dramatique que subit cette richesse exceptionnelle, appelant à la mise en place d’un plan national de gestion et de conservation des ressources génétiques. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation morphométrique des chevaux pur-sang Arabe en Algérie: mensurations corporelles et proposition d’équations barymétriques
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 11)

Cette étude vise à la caractérisation morphobiométrique des chevaux de course pur-sang arabe et à l’estimation d’équations barymétriques adaptées à cette race. La caractérisation a concerné 98 chevaux ... [more ▼]

Cette étude vise à la caractérisation morphobiométrique des chevaux de course pur-sang arabe et à l’estimation d’équations barymétriques adaptées à cette race. La caractérisation a concerné 98 chevaux, dont 44 femelles et 54 mâles, tous âgés de trois ans et plus, auprès de 77 propriétaires-éleveurs dans 3 hippodromes d’Algérie (Zemmouri, Tiaret et Caroubier). Dix-neuf mensurations étaient relevées ainsi que le poids vif (PV). Le poids moyen est de 456,2 +/- 43,0 kg, variant de 335 kg à 545 kg. La sélection des variables à inclure dans les équations barymétriques a été réalisée à l’aide de la procédure stepwise du SAS. Quatre mensurations parmi les 19 réalisées ont été retenues pour la proposition d’équations d’estimation du poids vif des chevaux : le périmètre thoracique (PT), la hauteur à la croupe (HC), la longueur de l’encolure (LE) et le tour de l’encolure (TE). Ainsi, les équations proposées pour les mâles et pour les femelles sont respectivement de : PV= 7,024*PT - 787,119 (R²=0,99); PV=6,207*PT + 0,633*HC + 0,668*TE - 0,878*LE - 746,370 (R²=0,96). Les résultats de cette étude devraient permettre aux propriétaires-éleveurs et entraineurs de suivre aisément le poids de leurs chevaux. Ce suivi est nécessaire pour adapter l’activité et l’alimentation des chevaux et favoriser leur performance en course. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironment factors affecting racing performances of Thoroughbred horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 11)

The results of the flat races organized in Algeria from 1995 to 2007 by the Algerian Horse Racing Society were used to estimate non-genetic parameters of racing performances of Thoroughbred horses ... [more ▼]

The results of the flat races organized in Algeria from 1995 to 2007 by the Algerian Horse Racing Society were used to estimate non-genetic parameters of racing performances of Thoroughbred horses. Performances were assessed through two earnings traits (the logarithm of annual virtual earnings: LAEV and the logarithm of average annual virtual earnings per start: LAEV/S) and a normalized ranking (PERF). The phenotypic correlations between these traits were calculated, in order to deduce what is common and what is specific to each measure. The environment factors that were investigated are age (3 to 8 years and older), sex (male or female), year of race (1995 to 2007) and the interactions between these factors. The General Linear Model (GLM) procedure from SAS software was used to identify and quantify the non-genetic factors affecting racing performances. The results showed significantly high positive correlations (p<0.001) between the three traits, hence considered as accounting for similar aptitudes. The effects of age (with a plateau between 4 and 5 years) and year (with an increasing trend for more recent years) turned out to be significant (p<0.001) for the three traits, the sex effect was only significant for the PERF trait (with better performances for males than females) and an interaction between the age and year of the performance was the only significant interaction (p<0.05) for the LAEV trait. The significant effects of these non-genetic factors indicate the need to adjust the earnings and ranks in the context of a program for genetic improvement of Thoroughbred horses in Algeria. [less ▲]

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See detailPedigree analysis in the Arabian horse in Algeria: estimation of inbreeding coefficient
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 11)

The studbook of the Arabian horse used in this study is recognized by international authorities such as the WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization). The pedigree file of the horses includes 1812 animals ... [more ▼]

The studbook of the Arabian horse used in this study is recognized by international authorities such as the WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization). The pedigree file of the horses includes 1812 animals from 166 stallions (with an average of 10.11 ± 17.33 offspring) and 392 mares (with an average of 4.30 ± 3.76 offspring). The maximal pedigree depth was 18 generations. Inbreeding coefficients of horses present in our data were estimated using the software "Pedigree Viewer" and MTDFREML software on the basis of the provided pedigree. The estimation of the inbreeding coefficient for the 1812 horses showed that 1177 animals from all those present in the pedigree were consanguineous, with an inbreeding coefficients varying from 0,00002 to 0,265, with an overall mean of 0,0275 ± 0,001. The average value of the inbreeding coefficient in the population of Arabian horses in Algeria is thus relatively high. It is to be noticed that this average coefficient of inbreeding is less than the threshold established as problematic in the inbreeding literature (6%); however, 13.5% of the total population shows inbreeding coefficients above this threshold. It is therefore important to educate owners-breeders to the problems that consanguinity can generate, and to avoid as much as possible practices that increase inbreeding, such as a too intensive use of a major ancestor, the use of a too small number of breeding animals and the use of crosses between related individuals. All these measures are necessary to prevent rapid inbreeding increase, which would result in a significant loss of genetic diversity, with a medium-term potentially negative effect on racing performances and reproduction. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters of racing performance traits of Arabian horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, October 11)

The data used in the present study were recorded at the Algerian Horse Racing Society for 36492 racing performance of 913 Arabian horses from 1995 to 2007. The aim of the study was to identify the genetic ... [more ▼]

The data used in the present study were recorded at the Algerian Horse Racing Society for 36492 racing performance of 913 Arabian horses from 1995 to 2007. The aim of the study was to identify the genetic parameters underlying three traits: two earnings traits, namely the logarithm of average annual virtual earnings (LAEV) and the logarithm of average annual virtual earnings per start (LAEV/S), and a ranking trait, the normalized ranking (PERF). To identify the fixed effects to be included in the genetic mixed model, a preliminary analysis was conducted using the General Linear Models (GLM) procedure from SAS software. The effects of age, sex, year and the interaction between year of the race and age and between sex and age were included in the model for the three traits. Afterwards, two random effects, a direct genetic effect of the animal and a permanent environmental effect were included in the mixed model. The variance components and genetic parameters were estimated using the restricted maximum likelihood (REML) procedure with the MTDFREML program. The analyses with this repeatable animal model led to the following estimation of the genetic parameters: for LAEV, heritability was 0.225 (±0.041), while estimate of repeatability was 0.330 (±0.040). For LAEV/S, heritability was 0.164 (±0.027), while estimate of repeatability was 0.215 (±0.022). The heritability for the normalized ranking was higher, 0.369 (±0.054), indicating that this trait might provide faster progress for breeding programs of Arabian horses in Algeria. The repeatability estimate for the normalized ranking was 0.587 (±0.045). The genetic correlation between LAEV and LAEV/S was 0.99, revealing a almost complete genetic dependence between these two traits, 0.69 between PERF and LAEV and 0.79 between PERF and LAEV/S. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of genetic parameters of racing traits of Arabian horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, August)

The results of the flat races organized in Algeria from 1995 to 2007 by the Algerian Horse Racing Society, were used to estimate genetic parameters of racing performances of Arabian horses. The data ... [more ▼]

The results of the flat races organized in Algeria from 1995 to 2007 by the Algerian Horse Racing Society, were used to estimate genetic parameters of racing performances of Arabian horses. The data consist of 36 492 race records, obtained from 913 horses. The pedigree file of the horses includes 1812 animals from 166 stallions and 392 mares. The analysis was performed on two traits: the logarithm of average annual virtual earnings per start (LAEV/S) and a normalized ranking (PERF). To identify the fixed effects to be included in the genetic model, a preliminary analysis was conducted using the General Linear Models (GLM) procedure from SAS software. The effects of age (3 to 8 years and older), sex (male or female), year (1995 to 2007) and the interaction between year of the race and age and between sex and age were included in the model for both traits. In addition, two random effects, a direct genetic effect of the animal and a permanent environmental effect were included in the mixed model. The variance components and genetic parameters were estimated by the restricted maximum likelihood (REML), procedure using the MTDFREML program. The analysis, using a repeatable animal model, led to the following estimation of genetic parameters: for LAEV/S, heritability was 0.23 (±0.04), while estimate of repeatability was 0.34 (±0.04). The heritability for the normalized ranking was higher, 0.37 (±0.05), indicating that this trait might be more appropriate for breeding programs of Arabian horses in Algeria. The repeatability estimate for the normalized ranking was 0.59 (±0.04) and the genetic correlation between this trait and LAEV/S was 0.79. [less ▲]

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See detailSelection criteria as used by owners-breeders of racehorses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

Due to positive externalities and the need to work on a large scale, animal breeding is usually carried out by breeders associations or states. In Algeria, racehorse breeding is in the hands of ... [more ▼]

Due to positive externalities and the need to work on a large scale, animal breeding is usually carried out by breeders associations or states. In Algeria, racehorse breeding is in the hands of unorganized breeders-owners. Through a survey conducted with 461 owners-breeders between 2009 and 2011, this study investigates their perceptions, objectives and practices regarding selective breeding. Racehorse breeding is a full-time professional activity for a third of interviewees. The holdings are small-sized with 77% owning one or two mares. The regular practice of insemination could categorize breeders according to their professionalization (38.4% professional vs. 61.6% occasional breeders). Seniority in the sector was also used to classify breeders, considering as “young” the breeders under 10 years experience (38.8%) and as “senior” those above 10 years (61.2%). More than professionalization, seniority shows a significant impact on practices and objectives. Thus, seniority influences breed choice (young breeders tend to specialize while senior own both Arabian and Thoroughbreds; p<0.001), age at first foaling (sooner among senior breeders; p<0.01), information sources considered for selecting stallions (senior use more diversified sources; p<0.01), the importance granted to the price of insemination (greater for the young breeders; p<0.001), the importance granted to the ranking compared to earnings (the ranking being more important to young breeders, p<0.001), and the priority given to breeding (young breeders give rather priority to a buy-race-resell activity; p<0.001). Finally, racehorse breeding in Algeria is poorly professionalized, the only financial goal being cost coverage. Despite inappropriate practices, an interest for selection is noticed. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the non-genetic factors of the racing performances of Arabian horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacerredine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

Selective breeding of Arabian horses in Algeria is not yet well developped. No accurate estimation of the breeding values of racing horses is carried out untill now. The estimation is based on one or ... [more ▼]

Selective breeding of Arabian horses in Algeria is not yet well developped. No accurate estimation of the breeding values of racing horses is carried out untill now. The estimation is based on one or several measurable traits, linked to race performance. To allow for an accurate estimation, it is important to determine the part of the phenotypic variability that is due to non-genetic factors (environmental). This first study estimates phenotypic correlations between the recorded traits in order to deduce to what extent the different measures bring different information on animal performance. Then it estimates the influence on performance of non-genetic factors such as sex, age, year of performance and the interactions between these various factors. From 1995 to 2007, the data related to flat racing was collected. The General Linear Model was used to identify and quantify the non-genetic factors affecting racing performances. Three traits were used: two earnings traits (the logarithm of annual virtual earnings: LAEV and the logarithm of average annual virtual earnings per start: LAEV/S), and one ranking trait (the ranking transformed and normalised: PERF). Significant high positive correlations was observed between the three traits (p<0.001), which thus give account of similar informative aptitudes. The effects of sex, age, year as well as the interactions between age and sex and between age and year turned out to be significant for the three traits (p<0.05). These results indicate the need to adjust the earnings and ranks traits in order to use them as criteria of selection of racing Arabian horses. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of non-genetic parameters of the racing performances of Arabian and Thoroughbred horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacer; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

in African Journal of Biotechnology (2012)

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