The accuracy of test day model evaluation for the Italian Holstein

F. Canavesi*, S. Biffani, G. Banos

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Genetic evaluation for production traits in the Holstein breed in Italy has been based on a Random Regression Test Day Model (RRTDM) since November 2004. More specifically, the model is a multiple lactation, multiple trait RRTDM, similar to the model used in Canada for official genetic evaluation.

Fixed regression curve effect include time, region, age at calving, parity and season of calving. Last changes in the model included a new definition of the proof scale and of the genetic base.

The accuracy of the model was assessed by analyzing residuals and testing Mendelian sampling trends. Residuals were normally distributed for all traits and had zero mean.

Residual trends for all the effects included in the model were analyzed also for effects not included in the model like number of milkings per day and number of days pregnant at the test date. Mendelian sampling did not show any significant trend over time both for cows and bulls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-59
Number of pages3
JournalItalian Journal of Animal Science
Issue numberSuppt. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event17th Congress of the Scientific Association of Animal Production - Alghero, Italy
Duration: 29 May 20071 Jun 2007


  • residuals
  • accuracy
  • Mendelian sampling
  • test day model


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