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Revista de Medicina Veterinaria

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ARDILA SILVA, Ariosto. Breeding programs for the main economically important traits of zebu dairy cattle. Rev. Med. Vet. [online]. 2010, n.19, pp.11-20. ISSN 0122-9354.

In tropical regions, Gyr and Guzerat breeds (Bos indicus) are most explored for dairy industry and are much more adapted to climate. Gyr and Guzerat are Zebu breeds very common in Brazil and they are being used to generate Bos taurus x Bos indicus crosses in order to combine good production, heat and parasite tolerance on the tropics. Breeding programs for the main economically important traits of Zebu dairy cattle have been recently introduced in Brazil and is based on the use of genetically superior sires in the herds. A major objective of QTL (Quantitative Trait Loci) and candidate genes is to find genes and markers that can be implemented in breeding programs across marker assisted selection (MAS). In Zebu dairy cattle MAS could be used to pre-select young candidate bulls to progeny testing, thus increasing selection differentials, shortening generation interval and increasing genetic gain

Keywords : QTL; breeding value; candidate genes; Bos indicus.

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