Estimation of heterotic effects on stayability in beef cattle
Stayability in beef cattle is defined as the probability that a cow remains in the herd until age six given that she has calved as a heifer. In some breeds with total herd reporting, those cows are required to calve every year. Stayability influences herd profitability by decreasing the need for replacements by increasing the number of cows that reach the typical breakeven age of six. Stayability is a binary trait on the observed scale and is considered a lowly heritable trait. General consensus is that lowly heritable traits should be subject to higher levels of heterosis in crossbreeding ...
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