Breed relationships and definition in British cattle: a genetic analysis

P Wiener*, D Burton, JL Williams

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Abstract / Description of output

The genetic diversity of eight British cattle breeds was quantified in this study. In all, 30 microsatellites from the FAO panel of markers were used to characterise the DNA samples from nearly 400 individuals. A variety of methods were applied to analyse the data in order to look at diversity within and between breeds. The relationships between breeds were not highly resolved and breed clusters were not associated with geographical distribution. Analyses also defined the cohesiveness or definition of the various breeds, with Highland, Guernsey and Jersey as the best defined and most distinctive of the breeds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-602
Number of pages6
JournalHeredity
Volume93
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • diversity
  • FOOD-INTAKE
  • British cattle
  • INFERENCE
  • MULTIBREED COMPARISONS
  • POLYMORPHISM
  • breeds
  • DIVERSITY
  • GROWTH-RATE
  • microsatellites
  • MICROSATELLITE MARKERS
  • MULTILOCUS GENOTYPE DATA
  • POPULATION-STRUCTURE
  • SHEEP

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