Abstract

Crossbreeding results between tropical breeds and european beef breeds as well as within breed (mainly Zebu) genetic variability for sane economically important traits is reviewed. Heterosis of between 9% to 11% has been reported for preweaning growth rate, 2% to 11% for postweaning and carcass traits as well as up to 15% for reproduction related traits in crosses involving Bos indicus and Bos taurus cattle. Maximum heterosis was observed in crosses involving Zebu and Criollo cattle, both well adapted to the tropics. Within breed genetic parameter estimates under tropical conditions are still scanty. Based on the production environments and after a review of the literature possible research opportunities and challenges in animal breeding and genetics related to the tropics are discussed.
 

A. Tewolde

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume IX. Breeding programs for dairy and beef cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and goats., , 283–291, 1986
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