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Livestock breeding for sustainability to mitigate global warming, with the emphasis on developing countries

  • 2013
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 43
M.M. Scholtz, A. Maiwashe, F.W.C. Neser, A. Theunissen, W.J. Olivier, M.C. Mokolobate & J. Hendriks Page: 269 - 281

Global warming is predicted to have a profound effect on livestock production in developing countries. An improved understanding of the adaptation of livestock to such changing production environments is thus important, but the measurement of adaptation is complex and difficult.…

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Derivation of economic values for the Simmentaler breed in South Africa

  • 2007
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 37
J.F. Kluyts, F.W.C. Neser and M.J. Bradfield Page: 107 - 121

The purpose of this paper was to derive economic values for beef production, carcass quality and fitness traits for the Simmentaler breed in Southern Africa. Income was partitioned between weaners, surplus heifers and cull cows. Expenses were calculated for all…

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Proposed economic selection indices for the Simmentaler breed in South Africa

  • 2007
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 37
J.F. Kluyts, F.W.C. Neser and M.J. Bradfield Page: 122 - 131

The development of economic selection indices for an integrated Simmentaler production system was described. The breeding objective was defined in terms of production-, functional- and product quality traits. Criteria included in the total index were birth- and weaning weight (direct…

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