Genetic Evaluation for Australian Ostriches
By Kim Bunter and Hans-Ulrich Graser

Publication no: 00-153
Pages: 111

The aim of this project was to examine the potential role of genetic improvement in ostrich farming, through data analysis and estimation of genetic parameters. Results could then be applied to developing an Industry based genetic evaluation system. This publication examines the degree to which genetic variation influences performance in a range of ostrich traits, and subsequently the future role of genetic improvement in this Industry. The relationships between a range of reproduction and live weight traits are also examined. Further, analysis of data for genetic studies also provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate non-genetic influences on performance. Current limitations to the application of these results in the Australian Ostrich Industry are discussed.

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