Traditional Animal Breeding

N. Lambe*, G. Simm

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Several breeding strategies that can affect carcass composition and meat quality are reviewed in this article. These include: (1) selection between breeds within species; (2) crossbreeding to combine desirable characteristics from more than one breed or strain, or to exploit heterosis in crossbred progeny; and (3) genetic selection of superior breeding stock within a breed. Genetic influences on carcass and meat quality and selection programs designed to improve these traits are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847317
ISBN (Print)9780123847348
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Breeding program
  • Carcass composition
  • Cattle
  • Crossbreeding
  • Estimated breeding values
  • Expected progeny differences
  • Genetic
  • Genetic correlations
  • Heritability
  • Livestock
  • Meat quality
  • Pigs
  • Sheep


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