Submitted to: Interbull Annual Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: August 21, 2009
Publication Date: December 30, 2009
Citation: Van Raden, P.M. 2009. Future Animal Improvement Programs Applied to Global Populations. Interbull Annual Meeting Proceedings. Interbull Bulletin 40:247–251.
In the future, breeders may apply reproductive, computational, and genomic methods to global populations nearly as easily as with national populations now. Dairy cattle breeders exchange traditional breeding values worldwide via Interbull, and new methods are outlined for exchanging either genomic evaluations or genotypes. Goals are to adapt multi-trait across country evaluation (MACE) in the short term and to merge genotypes in the long term. Genotyped young animals are rapidly replacing progeny tested bulls and phenotyped cows as sources of breeding stock. Advanced reproductive techniques to shorten generation intervals could be more profitable as the accuracy of female and young animal selection increases.