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Nongenetic effects and genetic parameters for length of productive life of Holstein cows in Hokkaido, Japan

Abstract : Records of Holstein dairy cows in Hokkaido, Japan, were used to study the effects of environmental factors on length of productive life and to estimate genetic parameters for length of productive life. Each record was assigned to 1 of 3 data sets depending on the percent-age of type-scored cows in the herd. This percentage was considered to partly reflect the management policy in each herd, in particular regarding culling. The A, B, and C data sets consisted of herds with none, less than 60%, and more than 60% of type-scored cows, respectively, and included 158,719, 787,598, and 131,499 re-cords, respectively. Analyses of length of productive life were separately carried out on each data set using the Survival Kit software (Version 5.0). Nonparametric hazards estimates and the shape parameters of the baseline Weibull distribution differed between the 3 data sets. A cow having a sire originating from the United States or Canada had a relatively lower risk of being culled than a cow having Japanese sire in data set C. However, in data set A, a cow having a Canadian sire had a higher relative risk than a cow having a Japanese sire. The herd-year variance for data set A was about twice as large as for data set C. In contrast, the sire variance for data set A was about 40% of the one for data set C. As a result, heritability varied across data sets from 0.046 to 0.134. The results of this study suggest that it is important to consider factors related to herd management policy, such as the percentage of type-scored cows, in genetic analyses on length of productive life of Holstein cows in Hokkaido, Japan.
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Y. Terawaki, Vincent Ducrocq. Nongenetic effects and genetic parameters for length of productive life of Holstein cows in Hokkaido, Japan. Journal of Dairy Science, American Dairy Science Association, 2009, 92 (5), pp.2144-2150. ⟨10.3168/jds.2008-1199⟩. ⟨hal-02666976⟩

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