Improvement in second cycle egg production traits as a response of first cycle selection in leghorn layers

An experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of first cycle selection on second cycle egg production traits. The traits evaluated were body weight at 16 (PC16), 40 (PC40), 75 (PC75) and 111 (PC111) weeks of age; average egg weight (PMO); age at on set production (IMS); hen day egg production (POAD) from IMS up to 64 weeks of age; age at first egg after moulting (RP); POAD from RP up to 120 weeks of age; egg shape index (REL) and density (DENS). Except PC111 and REL all traits were significantly influenced by first cycle selection. The genetic changes increased in egg production and body weight and decreased in age at onset egg prodution. Differences in egg production and age at onset production between CC and CCc remained in second cycle, indicating a correlated response between these traits in first and second cycles. It was concluded that selection in first cycle also improved egg production in second laying cycle.

egg production; egg quality; forced moulting; breeding; correlated response

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