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Research Project: National Dairy Genetic Evaluation Program

Location: Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-31000-002-01-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Dec 31, 2012
End Date: Dec 30, 2017

The objective of this agreement is to improve the productivity, efficiency, conformation, and health of the national dairy herd as well as the composition and quality of resulting products for the benefit of dairy producers and the consuming public by transferring the research knowledge of USDA-ARS scientists to cooperator on the appropriate genetic models and computational procedures for the analysis of the Phenotypic and Genomic Data contained in the cooperator Database controlled by cooperator.

A. Collect phenotypic, genomic, and proteomic data. B. Edit collected data for accuracy prior to inclusion in the cooperator database and maintain data in a database to support calculation of genetic evaluations (CGE). C. Analyze collected data through the CGE to produce estimates of genetic merit. D. Distribute estimates of generic merit.