Kritische Anmerkungen zur Bewertung des Tierwohls mittels Genotyp-Phänotyp-Beziehungen bei hochleistenden Milchrindern

Wilfried Brade

Abstract


Summary

Critical comments on the evaluation of animal welfare by genotype-phenotype relationships in high yielding dairy cows

1. missing phenotypic correlations between the amount of milk yield and disease incidence are not evidence of a good animal welfare.

2. reliable statements on animal welfare require regular additional review of the animal component; corresponding computer programs are available (for example, VCE, special SAS applications).

3. the occurrence of many diseases is connected to a milk yield depression. The simple grouping cows according to the current level of performance (for example, the amount of milk yield in lactation) ultimately means that in different groups have a different morbidity may be. Related conclusions may be biased due to this confounding.

4. in milk production, the regular presence of genotype-environment correlations with respect to a characteristic (e.g., better genotypes obtained a better environment / feeding), and requires special attention, for example, in statistical analysis.

5. Very high milk yields require a highly qualified herd management. This is not regularly ensure in all herds. therefore high yielding  animals are not recommended for all environments.

 

Keywords: dairy cows, milk yield, diseases, animal welfare


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12767/buel.v94i3.123

DOI (Volltext als PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.12767/buel.v94i3.123.g302