Using and maintaining the genetic diversity to breed new generations of resilient and healthy animals meeting societal requirements, requires novel breeding and phenotyping tools. Wageningen Livestock Research therefore started multi-disciplinary research under the umbrella of Breed4Food.
New models for genetic evaluation allowing millions of genotypes for genomic prediction and/or the use of crossbred information, have been developed and implemented in the breeding programs through the MIXBLUP software. This has already led to the trait ‘feed intake for dairy cattle’. The Netherlands is the first country to introduce this new trait.
More robust animals
The Breed4Food programme contributes to more robust animals with an improved welfare, responsible use of resources, more added value for consumers, improved food safety, and reduced emissions leading to a lower footprint.