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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1994;7(4): 475-479.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1994.475    Published online December 1, 1994.
Divergent selection for postweaning feed conversion in angus beef cattle VI. Realized Heritability estimates
N. H. Park, M. D. Bishop, M. E. Davis
Abstract
Postweaning performance data were obtained on 401 group fed purebred Angus calves from 24 selected sires (12 high and 12 low feed conversion sires) from 1983 through 1986 at the Northwestern Branch of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. A single generation divergent selection experiment was replicated four times (1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986) to botain an realized heritability estimate for postweaning feed conversion. The 140-d postweaning period was divided into five 28-d periods. Realized heritability estimates for feed conversion by 28-d periods fluctuated greatly and demonstrated no particular pattern. Heritability was highest for the fourth period (between d 85 and 112 of postweaning period, 0.61). Thus, beef producers could successfully select for feed conversion.
Keywords: Beef Cattle; Realized Heritability; Feed Conversion


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