Integrating computed tomography (CT) into commercial sheep breeding in the UK: cost and value
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Animal breeding is a powerful tool to boost the productivity of the sheep industry and breeding schemes offer cumulative and permanent gains associated with substantial economic benefits, fitting well within sustainable livestock production systems. Modern breeding methods also provide the most economical way to simultaneously improve a suite of traits (Amer et al. 2007). Accurate measurement methods (phenotyping tools) allowing high-throughput, and that are not invasive, are highly valuable tools for breeding programs and in upcoming genome wide selection (GWS) approaches. Such methods need optimisation, standardisation and automation to increase their accuracies, to make them comparable, and to make them cheaper by increasing their throughput. Subsequently, the traits measured with these methods need to be investigated, regarding their genetic basis and association with other traits, to evaluate and potentially integrate them in animal breeding schemes.
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3rd Farm Animal Imaging Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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FAIM Farm Animal Imaging, Copenhagen 2014