Genetic parameters for milk yield, age at first calving and interval between first and second calving in milk Murrah buffaloes

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Seno, L. O.
Cardoso, V. L.
el Faro, L.
Sesana, R. C. [UNESP]
Aspilcueta-Borquis, R. R. [UNESP]
de Camargo, G. M F [UNESP]
Tonhati, Humberto [UNESP]

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In the present study, data of 1,578 first lactation females, calving from 1985 to 2006 were analysed with the purpose of estimating genetic parameters for milk yield (MY), age at first calving (AFC) and interval between first and second calving (IBFSC) in dairy buffaloes of the Murrah breed in Brazil, Heritability estimates for MY, AFC and IBFSC traits were 0.20, 0.07 and 0.14, respectively. Genetic correlations between MY and AFC and IBFSC were -0.12 and 0.07, respectively, while the corresponding phenotypic correlations were -0.15 and 0.30, respectively. Genetic and phenotypic correlations between AFC and IBFSC were 0.35 and 0.37, respectively. Genetic correlation between MY and AFC showed desirable negative association, suggesting that daughters of the bulls with high breeding values for MY could reach physiological mature at a precocious age. Genetic correlation between MY and IBFSC, showed that the selection for milk production could result in the increase of calving intervals.



Dairy buffalo, Genetic and phenotypic correlation, Productive and reproductive traits, Bubalus

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Livestock Research for Rural Development, v. 22, n. 2, p. 38-, 2010.