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Influence of Genetic and Non-Genetic Factors on Production Traits of Tharparkar Cattle at Organized Farm

Garima Choudhary Urmila Pannu Gyan Chand Gahlot Amit Kumar Narender Kumar Poonia
Vol 9(3), 148-156
DOI- http://dx.doi.org/10.5455/ijlr.20180904094235

Data consisted of 284 performance records belonging to 63 Tharparkar cows completing at least three lactations spread over a period of fifteen years (2002 to 2016) for genetic analysis of milk production traits viz. dry period, lactation length, lactation milk yield, 300 days milk yield, milk yield per day of lactation length and milk yield per day of calving interval. The overall least-squares means for above traits were 138.47 ± 3.02 days, 281.71 ± 3.43 days, 2003.29 ± 13.40 kg, 1885.81 ± 23.07 kg, 6.65± 0.10 kg and 4.03 ± 0.04 kg, respectively. Heritability’s were ranged from 0.08 to 0.59 for above traits, genetic correlations between the milk production traits ranged from 0.57 to 0.93 and phenotypic correlations ranged from 0.02 to 0.56. The effect of period of calving on service period, lactation milk yield, three hundred days milk yield and milk yield per day of lactation length were significant and effect of season of calving on lactation length were also significant. The random effect of sire was observed to be highly significant (P≤ 0.01) on all the production traits.

Keywords : Genetic Correlation Heritability Phenotypic Correlations Tharparkar

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