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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia

Print version ISSN 1516-3598On-line version ISSN 1806-9290

Abstract

MASCIOLI, Arthur dos Santos; ALENCAR, Maurício Mello de; FREITAS, Alfredo Ribeiro de  and  MARTINS, Elias Nunes. A study of the genotype × environment interaction for growth traits in beef cattle using Bayesian inference. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2006, vol.35, n.6, pp.2275-2284. ISSN 1516-3598.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982006000800011.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the genotype × environment interaction for weaning and yearling weights, daily weight gain from weaning to 12 months of age and the growth performance in Canchim (5/8 Charolais + 3/8 Zebu) beef cattle estimated by a principal components analysis including those three traits. The environment was defined by season of birth (first and second semesters of the year). Genetic parameters were estimated by bayesian method with the Gibbs sampler using bivariate analyses (considering the trait in each of the two seasons as a different one) and models that included the fixed effects of year and month of birth, sex and age of cow (linear and quadratic) and the random effects of animal and residual. The results suggested that genetic evaluation and selection in Canchim beef cattle for the traits studied should consider the genotype and season of birth interaction.

Keywords : body weight; Canchim cattle; genetic correlation; heritability; season of birth.

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