Temperament in sheep: its genetic basis and impact on meat production

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Abstract

Animal temperament, the consistent behavioural and physiological differences between individuals in response to an eliciting event reflects an animal's capacity to handle stress and can affect their production traits. This thesis has provided phenotypic and genetic evidence to support the inclusion of temperament traits into breeding indices for sheep production. The candidate genes that were identified from associations between temperament phenotypes and single nucleotide polymorphisms in those genes provide a better understanding of the genetic basis of temperament. The work provides information on the genetic basis of temperament that will inform effective genetic evaluations for sheep breeding.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Blache, Dominique, Supervisor
  • Maloney, Shane, Supervisor
  • Rodger, Jennifer, Supervisor
  • Wang, Mengzhi, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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