The European Brown Swiss Federation, in collaboration with Interbull, founded in 2009 and managed Intergenomics, an international project to perform genomic evaluations of sires based on a joint analysis of all the Brown Swiss genotypes collected in the participating countries. In this paper, we describe how this project and the genotypes are used in France. After a long list of quality controls on animals and genotypes, the French routine genomic evaluation based on a Marker-Assisted BLUP (MA-BLUP) is carried out. Compared to the pedigree-based BLUP, genomic selection allows a gain in correlation between observed and predicted sire performance between 5.2 and 26.8%. The French genomic evaluation is now performed on 29 traits and has been official in the French Brown Swiss breed since June 2014.

Aurélia Baur, Sebastien Fritz, Julie Promp, Olivier Bulot, Didier Boichard, Vincent Ducrocq, Pascal Croiseau

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume Genetic Improvement Programs: Selection using molecular information (Posters), , 494, 2014
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