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See detailGenetics of body energy status of Holstein cows predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Berry, D.; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2013), 96(E-Suppl. 1),

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See detailDevelopment of a genetic evaluation for body condition score for Canadian Holsteins
Loker, S.; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Miglior, F. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2013), 96

Valacta (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada) is the Canadian Dairy Herd Improvement organization responsible for milk recording in Québec and Atlantic provinces. Up to 14 first-lactation body ... [more ▼]

Valacta (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada) is the Canadian Dairy Herd Improvement organization responsible for milk recording in Québec and Atlantic provinces. Up to 14 first-lactation body condition score (BCS) records were collected per cow (average of 2.5 records per cow), allowing the trait to be described by a random regression animal model so that animals could be ranked by the shape of their BCS curve. However, Valacta’s BCS are available from Québec herds only and the long-term objective of this research is to develop a nationwide genetic evaluation of sires and cows for BCS. Alternatively, Holstein Canada (Brantford, Ontario, Canada) collects type trait records nationwide, primarily for first-lactation cows. Holstein Canada typically collects a single record per trait, so that selection for Holstein Canada BCS would be based on overall BCS level rather than the shape of the BCS curve. Several different methods of genetically evaluating Valacta’s BCS were investigated, including consideration of average BCS level across lactation, the amount of fluctuation in the BCS curve during lactation, and combinations of BCS level and BCS fluctuation. Sires with ≥25 daughters were compared (as opposed to comparing cows) because their BCS estimated breeding values (EBV) are based on more information, and so should be more reliable. Of the different methods of calculating Valacta BCS EBV, ranking bulls based on overall BCS level gave the best results in that their daughter phenotypic BCS curves showed limited loss in early lactation BCS and replenished condition by the end of lactation. Whereas Valacta’s BCS were analyzed using a random regression animal model, Holstein Canada only needs to collect 1 BCS record per cow at classification and the resulting BCS EBV was strongly correlated with Valacta’s BCS EBV. Furthermore, because Holstein Canada’s BCS are collected nationally and Valacta’s BCS are not, a national genetic evaluation for Holstein Canada’s BCS is more convenient. The results of this study do not eliminate the possibility of a genetic evaluation of BCS as a longitudinal trait, but indicate that other methods of calculating Valacta BCS EBV should be explored. Until that time, genetically evaluating Holstein Canada’s BCS is simple, easily implemented, and may be effective in altering the level and shape of the genetic BCS curve. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential of mid-infrared spectrum of milk to detect changes in the physiological status of dairy cows
Laine, Aurélie ULg; Goubau, Amaury; Hammami, Hedi ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2013)

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See detailGenetic parameters for methane emissions predicted from milk mid-infrared spectra in dairy cows
Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2013), 95(E-1), 388

Genetic selection of low methane (CH4) emitting animals is additive and permanent but the difficulties associated with individual CH4 measurement result in a paucity of records required to estimate ... [more ▼]

Genetic selection of low methane (CH4) emitting animals is additive and permanent but the difficulties associated with individual CH4 measurement result in a paucity of records required to estimate genetic variability of CH4 traits. Recently, it was shown that direct quantification of CH4 emissions by mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIR) from milk. The CH4 prediction equation was developed using 452 SF6 CH4 measurements with associated milk spectra and the calibration equation was developed using PLS regression. The obtained SD of predicted CH4 was 126.39 g/day with standard error of cross validation 68.68 g/day and a cross-validation coefficient of determination equal to 70%. The equation was applied on a total of 338,917 spectra obtained from milk samples collected between January 2007 and August 2012 during the Walloon milk recording for first parity Holstein cows. The prediction of MIR CH4 was 547 ± 111 g/d and MIR CH4 g/kg of fat and protein corrected milk (FPCM) was 23.66 ± 8.21.Multi-trait random regression test-day models were used to estimate the genetic variability of MIR predicted CH4 and milk production traits. The heritability, phenotypic and genetic correlations between MIR predicted CH4 traits and milk traits are presented in Table 1. Estimated heritability for CH4 g/day and CH4 g/kg of FPCM were lower than common production traits but would still be useful in breeding programs. While selection for cows emitting lower amounts of MIR predicted CH4 (g/d) would have little effect on milk production traits, selection on MIR predicted CH4 (g/kg of FPCM) would decrease FPCM, fat and protein yields. These genetic parameters of CH4 indicator traits might be entry point for selection that accounts mitigation of CH4 from dairy farming. Table 1. Heritability (diagonal), phenotypic (below the diagonal) and genetic (above the diagonal) correlations between MIR predicted CH4 and production traits Traits MIR CH4 (g/d) MIR CH4 ((g/kg of FPCM) FPCM Fat yield Protein yield MIR CH4 (g/d) 0.11 0.42 0.03 0.19 0.04 MIR CH4 (g/kg of FPCM)0.59 0.18 -0.83 -0.72 -0.77 FPCM -0.02 -0.65 0.20 0.95 0.91 Fat yield 0.01 -0.58 0.76 0.22 0.70 Protein yield -0.01 -0.61 0.78 0.69 0.20 [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of the milk recording time on the genetic parameters of milk production and mid-infrared milk components in Luxembourg dairy cattle
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012, July), 95

A particularity of the Luxembourg milk recording is the use of different schemes. Two principal schemes are applied: the scheme “S” applied on 69.1% of the total herds (n=712) and consisting in one ... [more ▼]

A particularity of the Luxembourg milk recording is the use of different schemes. Two principal schemes are applied: the scheme “S” applied on 69.1% of the total herds (n=712) and consisting in one proportionate sample of all daily milkings, and the scheme “T” (21.6% of the total herds) which consists in one sample of only one milking (morning or evening milking) (and alternating milking time from month to month). The problematic is that application of different schemes could influence the milk components (protein and fat yield) and the milk fat components (saturated and unsaturated groups of fatty acids) genetic parameters estimation and to prevent all comparisons between dairy population under different milk recording schemes. A total of 47,613 and 44,833 test-day records were obtained, respectively for schemes “S” and “T” from Holstein cows in first lactation in Luxembourg dairy herds. The used model included as fixed effects: herd x date of test, class of age, and month x year. Random effects were permanent environmental, additive genetics, and residual effects. The main objective of this work is to study the effect the choice of milk recording schemes (“S” or “T” schemes) on milk yield and milk components genetic parameters. A solution could be to add a fixed effect taking in account the milking time. The second objective is to study the effect of milking time (morning or evening) on genetic parameters estimated in the case of scheme “T”. According to the results, genetic parameters were statistically different between the schemes “S” and “T” for milk yield (P value < 0.0001). Further, the classifications of bulls according to their breeding values were very different when values were estimated on basis of scheme “S” or “T” (Spearman correlation value of 0.51 for milk yield for example). In conclusion, using several milk recording schemes do not allow any comparison of genetic parameters between dairy cattle’s. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between body condition score and health traits in first-lactation Canadian Holsteins.
Loker, S.; Miglior, F.; Koeck, A. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012)

The objective of this research was to estimate daily genetic correlations between longitudinal body condition score (BCS) and health traits by using a random regression animal model in first-lactation ... [more ▼]

The objective of this research was to estimate daily genetic correlations between longitudinal body condition score (BCS) and health traits by using a random regression animal model in first-lactation Holsteins. The use of indicator traits may increase the rate of genetic progress for functional traits relative to direct selection for functional traits. Indicator traits of interest are those that are easier to record, can be measured early in life, and are strongly genetically correlated with the functional trait of interest. Several BCS records were available per cow, and only 1 record per health trait (1 = affected; 0 = not affected) was permitted per cow over the lactation. Two bivariate analyses were performed, the first between BCS and mastitis and the second between BCS and metabolic disease (displaced abomasum, milk fever, and ketosis). For the first analysis, 217 complete herds were analyzed, which included 28,394 BCS records for 10,715 cows and 6,816 mastitis records for 6,816 cows. For the second analysis, 350 complete herds were analyzed, which included 42,167 BCS records for 16,534 cows and 13,455 metabolic disease records for 13,455 cows. Estimation of variance components by a Bayesian approach via Gibbs sampling was performed using 400,000 samples after a burn-in of 150,000 samples. The average daily heritability (posterior standard deviation) of BCS was 0.260 (0.026) and the heritabilities of mastitis and metabolic disease were 0.020 (0.007) and 0.041 (0.012), respectively. Heritability estimates were similar to literature values. The average daily genetic correlation between BCS and mastitis was -0.730 (0.110). Cows with a low BCS during the lactation are more susceptible to mastitis, and mastitic cows are likely to have low BCS. Daily estimates of genetic correlations between BCS and mastitis were moderate to strong throughout the lactation, becoming stronger as the lactation progressed. The average daily genetic correlation between BCS and metabolic disease was -0.438 (0.125), and was consistent throughout the lactation. A lower BCS during the lactation is genetically associated with the occurrence of mastitis and metabolic disease. [less ▲]

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See detailBovine milk fat globule membrane affects virulence expression in Escherichia coli O157:H7
Tellez, Angela; Corredig, Milena; Guri, Anilda et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012)

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See detailGenetic and environmental relationships between body condition score and milk production traits in Canadian Holsteins.
Loker, S; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Miglior, F et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95(1), 410-9

The objective of this research was to estimate genetic parameters of first-lactation body condition score (BCS), milk yield, fat percentage (Fat%), protein percentage (Prot%), somatic cell score (SCS ... [more ▼]

The objective of this research was to estimate genetic parameters of first-lactation body condition score (BCS), milk yield, fat percentage (Fat%), protein percentage (Prot%), somatic cell score (SCS), milk urea nitrogen (MUN), lactose percentage (Lact%), and fat to protein ratio (F:P) using multiple-trait random regression animal models. Changes in covariances between BCS and milk production traits on a daily basis have not been investigated before and could be useful for determining which BCS estimated breeding values (EBV) might be practical for selection in the future. Field staff from Valacta milk recording agency (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada) collected BCS from Quebec herds several times per cow throughout the lactation. Average daily heritabilities and genetic correlations among the various traits were similar to literature values. On an average daily basis, BCS was genetically unfavorably correlated with milk yield (i.e., increased milk yield was associated with lower body condition). The unfavorable genetic correlation between BCS and milk yield became stronger as lactation progressed, but was equivalent to zero for the first month of lactation. Favorable genetic correlations were found between BCS with Prot%, SCS, and Lact% (i.e., greater BCS was associated with greater Prot%, lower SCS, and greater Lact%). These correlations were strongest in early lactation. On an average daily basis, BCS was not genetically correlated with Fat% or MUN, but was negatively correlated with F:P. Furthermore, BCS at 5 and 50 d in milk (DIM) had the most favorable genetic correlations with milk production traits over the lactation (at 5, 50, 150, and 250 DIM). Thus, early lactation BCS EBV shows potential for selection. Regardless, this study showed that the level of association BCS has with milk production traits is not constant over the lactation. Simultaneous selection for both BCS and milk production traits should be considered, mainly due to the unfavorable genetic correlation between BCS with milk yield. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic correlations of days open with production traits and contents in milk of major fatty acids predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry.
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Berry, D. P.; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95(10), 6113-21

The objective of this study was to estimate the genetic relationships between days open (DO) and both milk production traits and fatty acid (FA) content in milk predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry. The ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to estimate the genetic relationships between days open (DO) and both milk production traits and fatty acid (FA) content in milk predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry. The edited data set included 143,332 FA and production test-day records and 29,792 DO records from 29,792 cows in 1,170 herds. (Co)variances were estimated using a series of 2-trait models that included a random regression for milk production and FA traits. In contrast to the genetic correlations with fat content, those between DO and FA content in milk changed considerably over the lactation. The genetic correlations with DO for unsaturated FA, monounsaturated FA, long-chain FA, C18:0, and C18:1 cis-9 were positive in early lactation but negative after 100 d in milk. For the other FA, genetic correlations with DO were negative across the whole lactation. At 5 d in milk, the genetic correlation between DO and C18:1 cis-9 was 0.39, whereas the genetic correlations between DO and C6:0 to C16:0 FA ranged from -0.37 to -0.23. These results substantiated the known relationship between fertility and energy balance status, explained by the release of long-chain FA in early lactation, from the mobilization of body fat reserves, and the consequent inhibition of de novo FA synthesis in the mammary gland. At 200 d in milk, the genetic correlations between DO and FA content ranged from -0.38 for C18:1 cis-9 to -0.03 for C6:0. This research indicates an opportunity to use FA content in milk as an indicator trait to supplement the prediction of genetic merit for fertility. [less ▲]

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See detailImputation of genotypes with low-density chips and its effect on reliability of direct genomic values in Dutch Holstein cattle.
Mulder, H. A.; Calus, M. P. L.; Druet, Tom ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95(2), 876-89

Genomic selection using 50,000 single nucleotide polymorphism (50k SNP) chips has been implemented in many dairy cattle breeding programs. Cheap, low-density chips make genotyping of a larger number of ... [more ▼]

Genomic selection using 50,000 single nucleotide polymorphism (50k SNP) chips has been implemented in many dairy cattle breeding programs. Cheap, low-density chips make genotyping of a larger number of animals cost effective. A commonly proposed strategy is to impute low-density genotypes up to 50,000 genotypes before predicting direct genomic values (DGV). The objectives of this study were to investigate the accuracy of imputation for animals genotyped with a low-density chip and to investigate the effect of imputation on reliability of DGV. Low-density chips contained 384, 3,000, or 6,000 SNP. The SNP were selected based either on the highest minor allele frequency in a bin or the middle SNP in a bin, and DAGPHASE, CHROMIBD, and multivariate BLUP were used for imputation. Genotypes of 9,378 animals were used, from which approximately 2,350 animals had deregressed proofs. Bayesian stochastic search variable selection was used for estimating SNP effects of the 50k chip. Imputation accuracies and imputation error rates were poor for low-density chips with 384 SNP. Imputation accuracies were higher with 3,000 and 6,000 SNP. Performance of DAGPHASE and CHROMIBD was very similar and much better than that of multivariate BLUP for both imputation accuracy and reliability of DGV. With 3,000 SNP and using CHROMIBD or DAGPHASE for imputation, 84 to 90% of the increase in DGV reliability using the 50k chip, compared with a pedigree index, was obtained. With multivariate BLUP, the increase in reliability was only 40%. With 384 SNP, the reliability of DGV was lower than for a pedigree index, whereas with 6,000 SNP, about 93% of the increase in reliability of DGV based on the 50k chip was obtained when using DAGPHASE for imputation. Using genotype probabilities to predict gene content increased imputation accuracy and the reliability of DGV and is therefore recommended for applications of imputation for genomic prediction. A deterministic equation was derived to predict accuracy of DGV based on imputation accuracy, which fitted closely with the observed relationship. The deterministic equation can be used to evaluate the effect of differences in imputation accuracy on accuracy and reliability of DGV. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of milk fatty acids to substitute for body condition score in breeding purposes
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Berry, D.P.; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95, Suppl. 2

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See detailA recursive algorithm for decomposition and creation of the inverse of the genomic relationship matrix
Faux, Pierre ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Misztal, Ignacy

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95(10), 6093-6102

As the number of genotyped animals increases, some genomic prediction models have issues related to inversion of the genomic relationship and related matrices. We developed a recursive algorithm to ... [more ▼]

As the number of genotyped animals increases, some genomic prediction models have issues related to inversion of the genomic relationship and related matrices. We developed a recursive algorithm to approximate the inverses of those matrices. The algorithm converges after a few rounds of recursion, but additional work is needed to reduce computing costs further. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentifying cows with subclinical mastitis by bulk single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping of tank milk
Blard, G.; Zhang, Zhiyan ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95(7), 4109-13

Mastitis remains the most important health issue in dairy cattle. Improved methods to identify cows developing subclinical mastitis would benefit farmers. We herein describe a novel method to determine ... [more ▼]

Mastitis remains the most important health issue in dairy cattle. Improved methods to identify cows developing subclinical mastitis would benefit farmers. We herein describe a novel method to determine the somatic cell counts (SCC) of individual cows by bulk genotyping a sample of milk from the milk tank with panels of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP). We developed a simple linear model to estimate the contribution of individual cows to the genomic DNA present in the tank milk from 1) the known genotypes of individual cows for the interrogated SNP and 2) the ratio of SNP alleles in the tank milk. Using simulations, we estimate that 3,000, 50,000, and 700,000 SNP are sufficient to accurately (R(2)>0.98) estimate individual SCC in tanks containing milk from 25, 100, and 500 cows, respectively. Using actual data, we demonstrate that the SCC of 21 cows can be estimated with a coefficient of determination of 0.60 using approximately 9,000 SNP. The proposed method increases the value of the proposition of SNP genotyping individual cows for genomic selection purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian integration of external information into the single step approach for genomically enhanced prediction of breeding values
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Misztal, Ignacy; Faux, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2012), 95(Supplement 2),

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See detailGenomic breeding value estimation using genetic markers, inferred ancestral haplotypes, and the genomic relationship matrix
de Roos, A. P. W.; Schrooten, C.; Druet, Tom ULg

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011), 94(9), 4708-4714

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See detailEstimating daily yield of major fatty acids from single milking: first approach.
Arnould, Valérie ULg; NGuyen, N. H.; Froidmont et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011, July), 94(E-Suppl. 1), 29

Reducing the frequency of milk recording and the number of recorded samples per test-day could be a solution in order to reduce costs of milk recording. However, this solution leads to decrease also the ... [more ▼]

Reducing the frequency of milk recording and the number of recorded samples per test-day could be a solution in order to reduce costs of milk recording. However, this solution leads to decrease also the accuracy of predicting daily yield. According to the literature, several authors have already worked on this problematic. Unfortunately, some effects used in previous studies are not often available or reliable in used databases. This study was aimed to enlarge these investigations to milk fatty acids (FA) production: saturated FA, mono-unsaturated FA, unsaturated FA, medium-chain FA, and long chain FA and to propose a simple, robust and practical method for estimating accurate daily major FA yield from single milking. To do this, five dairy cows were followed between January 2007 and December 2010. FA contents were predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry. The final database contained 1,440 records. The first step was to ensure that used effects were available in most used databases. According to the availability of data, height models were tested to estimate daily yields from both morning and evening milking. These models were compared on the basis of the coefficient of determination values between estimated and observed daily yields and the mean square error. The proposed models included progressively several effects such as the milk yield, the fat and protein content, some classes of stage in lactation, of month of test or of month of calving. As expected, R² values were higher when these effects are introduced in the model and were comprised between 0.87 and 0.88 when daily yield were estimated from morning milking, and from 0.75 and 0.86 when daily yield were estimated from evening milking. It was concluded that the introduction of these effects did highly improve the daily predictability of all trait yield and can partially replace the milking interval effect. It was also observed that daily yields estimated from evening milkings are less accurate than those estimated from morning milkings. Finally, the applied model will depend on the availability of the data and to the convenience of the applied model to the studied population. Keywords: Milk recording, Fatty acids, prediction [less ▲]

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See detailMid-infrared prediction of bovine milk fatty acids across multiple breeds, production systems, and countries
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dehareng, ; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011), 94

Increasing consumer concern exists over the relationship between food composition and human health. Because of the known effects of fatty acids on human health, the development of a quick, inexpensive ... [more ▼]

Increasing consumer concern exists over the relationship between food composition and human health. Because of the known effects of fatty acids on human health, the development of a quick, inexpensive, and accurate method to directly quantify the fatty acid (FA) composition in milk would be valuable for milk processors to develop a payment system for milk pertinent to their customer requirements and for farmers to adapt their feeding systems and breeding strategies accordingly. The aim of this study was (1) to confirm the ability of mid-infrared spectrometry (MIR) to quantify individual FA content in milk by using an innovative procedure of sampling (i.e., samples were collected from cows belonging to different breeds, different countries, and in different production systems); (2) to compare 6 mathematical methods to develop robust calibration equations for predicting the contents of individual FA in milk; and (3) to test interest in using the FA equations developed in milk as basis to predict FA content in fat without corrections for the slope and the bias of the developed equations. In total, 517 samples selected based on their spectral variability in 3 countries (Belgium, Ireland, and United Kingdom) from various breeds, cows, and production systems were analyzed by gas chromatography (GC). The samples presenting the largest spectral variability were used to calibrate the prediction of FA by MIR. The remaining samples were used to externally validate the 28 FA equations developed. The 6 methods were (1) partial least squares regression (PLS); (2) PLS + repeatability file (REP); (3) first derivative of spectral data + PLS; (4) first derivative + REP + PLS; (5) second derivative of spectral data + PLS; and (6) second derivative + REP + PLS. Methods were compared on the basis of the crossvalidation coefficient of determination (R2cv), the ratio of standard deviation of GC values to the standard error of cross-validation (RPD), and the validation coefficient of determination (R2v). The third and fourth methods had, on average, the highest R2cv, RPD, and R2v. The final equations were built using all GC and the best accuracy was observed for the infrared predictions of C4:0, C6:0, C8:0, C10:0, C12:0, C14:0, C16:0, C18:0, C18:1 trans, C18:1 cis-9, C18:1 cis, and for some groups of FA studied in milk (saturated, monounsaturated, unsaturated, short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain FA). These equations showed R2cv greater than 0.95. With R2cv equal to 0.85, the MIR prediction of polyunsaturated FA could be used to screen the cow population. As previously published, infrared predictions of FA in fat are less accurate than those developed from FA content in milk (g/dL of milk) and no better results were obtained by using milk FA predictions if no corrections for bias and slope based on reference milk samples with known contents of FA were used. These results indicate the usefulness of equations with R2cv greater than 95% in milk payment systems and the usefulness of equations with R2cv greater than 75% for animal breeding purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic and genetic variability of production traits and milk fatty acid contents across days in milk for Walloon Holstein first-parity cows.
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011), 94(8), 4152-63

The objective of this study was to assess the phenotypic and genetic variability of production traits and milk fatty acid (FA) contents throughout lactation. Genetic parameters for milk, fat, and protein ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to assess the phenotypic and genetic variability of production traits and milk fatty acid (FA) contents throughout lactation. Genetic parameters for milk, fat, and protein yields, fat and protein contents, and 19 groups and individual FA contents in milk were estimated for first-parity Holstein cows in the Walloon Region of Belgium using single-trait, test-day animal models and random regressions. Data included 130,285 records from 26,166 cows in 531 herds. Heritabilities indicated that de novo synthesized FA were under stronger genetic control than FA originating from the diet and from body fat mobilization. Estimates for saturated short- and medium-chain individual FA ranged from 0.35 for C4:0 to 0.44 for C8:0, whereas those for monounsaturated long-chain individual FA were lower (around 0.18). Moreover, de novo synthesized FA were more heritable in mid to late lactation. Approximate daily genetic correlations among traits were calculated as correlations between daily breeding values for days in milk between 5 and 305. Averaged daily genetic correlations between milk yield and FA contents did not vary strongly among FA (around -0.35) but they varied strongly across days in milk, especially in early lactation. Results indicate that cows selected for high milk yield in early lactation would have lower de novo synthesized FA contents in milk but a slightly higher content of C18:1 cis-9, indicating that such cows might mobilize body fat reserves. Genetic correlations among FA emphasized the combination of FA according to their origin: contents in milk of de novo FA were highly correlated with each other (from 0.64 to 0.99). Results also showed that genetic correlations between C18:1 cis-9 and other FA varied strongly during the first 100 d in milk and reinforced the statement that the release of long-chain FA inhibits FA synthesis in the mammary gland while the cow is in negative energy balance. Finally, results showed that the FA profile in milk changed during the lactation phenotypically and genetically, emphasizing the relationship between the physiological status of cow and milk composition. [less ▲]

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