Genetic studies on the South African Mutton Merino: growth traits

Author: F.W.C. Neser, G.J. Erasmus and J.B. van Wyk
Year: 2000
Issue: 3
Volume: 30
Page: 172 - 177

Genetic parameters were estimated for 36-, 42-, 50-, 100- and 150-day weight in the South African Mutton Merino breed. The direct heritability estimates obtained were 0.270, 0.366, 0.278, 0.185 and 0.115 respectively. The maternal heritability estimates for the respective weights were 0.494, 0.249, 0.129, 0.091 and 0.080. The correlation between the animal effects (direct and maternal) varied between -1.000 for 36-day weight to -0.376 for 150-day weight. Very little selection progress was made over the period (1980-1999) in the breed.

Keywords: genetic parameters, genetic trends, maternal ability, SA Mutton Merino sheep
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