About the Animal Improvement Programs LaboratoryMission
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The Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) conducts research to discover, test, and implement improved genetic evaluation techniques for economically important traits of dairy cattle and goats. Research is directed at genetic improvement of efficiency of yield traits (milk, fat, and protein) and nonyield traits that affect health and profitability (longevity, conformation, fertility, calving, and disease resistance).
The AIPL staff includes research geneticists, support scientists, computer programmers, and administrative support personnel. Find individual staff members in People and Places.
"Improving Genetic Predictions for Dairy Animals Using Phenotypic and Genomic Information" is AIPL's major appropriated research project. Related projects are made possible through cooperative agreements, trusts, and memorandums of understanding with industry partners. Find documentation of individual projects in Research.
History pages include information about the history of USDA dairy evaluations, dairy evaluations in the United States, and past AIPL staff.