Authors: SÜLEYMAN ÇİLEK, MEHMET EMİN TEKİN
Abstract: Adjustment factors of lactation milk yield to mature age and 305-day were calculated and heritability and repeatability of milk yield were estimated for Simmental cows reared on Kazova State Farm. A total of 1549 lactation records of Simmental cows reared on Kazova State Farm between 1992 and 2002 were used. The factors for standardizing incomplete lactations to 305-day were estimated by taking 7 calving age groups into consideration (2, 3, 4, 5, 6-8, 9 and 10 years of age and older). The factors for standardizing to mature equivalent estimated by polynomial regression are between the 24^th and 143^rd month and older. The repeatability of milk yield was estimated as 0.44 ± 0.028 using intra- class correlation. Heritability of milk yield was estimated using paternal half-sib correlation. Heritability of milk yield for all lactations was estimated as 0.24 ± 0.08. Heritability for first lactation was estimated as 0.30 ± 0.154.
Keywords: Simmental, milk yield, adjustment factors, repeatability, heritability
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