Swiss Low Input Genetics (SLIG) - Breeding functional dairy cows for low-input production systems using whole genome re-sequence data
The project applies latest genomic technology to breed healthy, long-living dairy cows for grassland systems. The use of whole genome-resequence data will enhance routine breeding value estimation and facilitate the management of inbreeding
- Lead department School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
- Institute Resource-efficient agricultural production systems
- Research unit Livestock and Horses
- Funding organisation Innosuisse
- Duration 01.08.2013 - 31.12.2017
- Project management Jürg Moll
- Head of project Christine Flury
- Keywords whole-genome resequencing, cattle breeding, genetic diversity
Aim of the project: Implementation of whole genome re-sequence data into routine genetic evaluation and development of a tool to control inbreeding for Swiss dairy cattle breeding programs.
Course of action
This project applies the latest genomic technology to breed healthy, long-living dairy cows for roughage-based production systems. The use of whole genome re-sequence data (WGS) will considerably increase the value of genetic exports, enhance breeding value estimation methods and facilitate management of inbreeding. This is one of the first projects applying WGS in routine genetic evaluation worldwide and is expected to markedly increase the export of Swiss dairy genetics.