Data of 1321 Dohne Merino progeny were used to derive breeding objectives. Heritability estimates for fibre diameter traits were low and the genetic correlation between mean fibre diameter and coarse edge was high (0.854). No detrimental effect of excluding these traits from the breeding objective was found. Restricting clean fleece weight needs more consideration.

G. J Delport, A. F Botha

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 19. Selection and quantitative genetics; growth; reproduction; lactation; fish; fiber; meat., , 417–420, 1994
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