Animal breeding

Animal breeding

Animal breeding is a branch of animal science that addresses the evaluation (primarilary using best linear unbiased prediction) of the genetic value (estimated breeding value, EBV) of domestic livestock. Selecting animals for breeding with superior EBV in growth rate, egg, meat, milk, or wool production, or have other desirable traits has revolutionized agricultural livestock production throughout the world. The scientific theory of animal breeding incorporates population genetics, quantitative genetics and statistics, and is based on the pioneering work of Sewall Wright, Jay Lush, and Charles Henderson.

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Honors and awards

Since 1962


  • Jay L. Lush Animal Breeding and Genetics Award, American Dairy Science Association

Since 1982

  • Fellowship of Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Since 1990


  • Lush, JL (1937). Animal Breeding Plans. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State Press.
  • Kempthorne, O (1957). Introduction to Statistic Genetics. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Van Vleck, L. D., & Searle, S. R. (1979). Variance components and animal breeding: proceedings of a conference in honor of C.R. Henderson. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University.
  • Henderson, CR (1984). Applications of linear models in animal breeding. Guelph, Ont: University of Guelph.
  • Hammond K. Gianola, D (1990). Advances in Statistical Methods for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences). Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K.
  • Mrode, R. A. (1996). Linear models for the prediction of animal breeding values. Oxon: CAB International.
  • Cameron, N. D. (1997). Selection indices and prediction of genetic merit in animal breeding. Oxon: CAB International.
  • Dalton, C, Willis, MB (1998). Dalton's Introduction to Practical Animal Breeding. Oxford: Blackwell Science.
  • Bourdon, RM (2000). Understanding animal breeding. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice Hall.
  • Newman, S, Rothschild, MF (2002). Intellectual Property Rights in Animal Breeding and Genetics. Wallingford, Oxon, UK: CABI Pub.

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