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Heritability of shoulder ulcers and genetic correlations with mean piglet weight and sow body condition
- Lundgren, H., Zumbach, B., Lundeheim, N., Grandinson, K., Vangen, O., Olsen, D., Rydhmer, L.
- Animal 2012 v.6 no.1 pp. 1-8
- body condition, genetic correlation, genetic techniques and protocols, heritability, landraces, piglets, purebreds, sows
- The objective of this paper was to estimate the heritability for shoulder ulcers and the genetic correlations between shoulder ulcers, mean piglet weight and sow body condition. The analyses were based on information on 5549 Norwegian Landrace sows and their 7614 purebred litters. The genetic analysis was performed using the Gibbs sampling method. Shoulder ulcers were analyzed as a threshold trait. Sow body condition and mean piglet weight were analyzed as linear traits. The heritability of shoulder ulcers was estimated at 0.25 (s.d. = 0.03). The heritability for sow body condition was estimated at 0.14 (s.d. = 0.02) and that for mean piglet weight at 0.23 (s.d. = 0.02). The genetic correlation between shoulder ulcers and sow body condition was negative (−0.59, s.d. = 0.09). The genetic correlation between shoulder ulcers and mean piglet weight was positive (0.23, s.d. = 0.10) and the genetic correlation between sow body condition and mean piglet weight was negative (−0.24, s.d. = 0.10).