Genetic and non-genetic factors influencing production in two boer goats studs

The effect of genetic and environmental factors on weaning and post-weaning traits of boer goats was studied using 3233 records collected from 1998 to 2008. Least square analysis was used for estimation of environmental effects. Genetic parameters were estimated using ASREML. All fixed effects were significant (P<0.05) for both traits. The direct heritability estimates varied from 0.24 for weaning weight to 0.31 for postweaning weight. The corresponding maternal permanent environment due to the dam was 0.11 and 0.44 , respectively. The maternal heritability (0.03) for weaning weight was lower than its corresponding direct heritability.
L’effet des facteurs génétiques et environnementaux sur les caractéristiques de sevrage et de post-sevrage des chèvres de Boer a été étudié en utilisant 3233 enregistrements collectés de 1998 à 2008. L’analyse du moindre carré a été employée pour l’évaluation des effets sur l’environnement. Des paramètres génétiques ont été estimés en utilisant ASREML. Tous les effets fixés étaient significatifs (P<0.05) pour les deux caractéristiques. Les évaluations directes d’héritabilité ont changé de 0.24 pour le poids de sevrage à 0.31 pour le poids de post-sevrage. L’environnement permanent maternel correspondant dû à la mère était 0.11 et 0.44, respectivement. L’héritabilité maternelle (0.03) pour le poids de sevrage était inférieure à son héritabilité directe correspondante.
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