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Conservation of a native dairy cattle breed through terminal crossbreeding with commercial dairy breeds

Clasen, Julie and Kargo, M. and Strandberg, Erling and Wallenbeck, Anna and Ostergaard, S. and Rydhmer, Lotta (2021). Conservation of a native dairy cattle breed through terminal crossbreeding with commercial dairy breeds. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science. 70 , 1-12
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Abstract

Farmers play a key role in conserving native livestock breeds, but without economic support, farms with native breeds may not be viable. We hypothesized that terminal crossbreeding can improve herd economy and decrease the economic support needed from society. Three scenarios were simulated using SimHerd Crossbred: a herd of purebred Swedish Polled Cattle, a herd of purebred Swedish Red, and a herd of 75% Swedish Polled Cattle and 25% F1 crossbreds. The results showed annual contribution margin per cow in the herd can be increased by euro181 by crossbreeding compared with pure-breeding with the native breed, giving a 13.6% growth in contribution margin. However, the needed cost in subsidies paid by the government will remain unchanged if the population size of the native breed is to be maintained. Combining a crossbreeding strategy with the marketing of niche products may facilitate the conservation of native cattle.

Authors/Creators:Clasen, Julie and Kargo, M. and Strandberg, Erling and Wallenbeck, Anna and Ostergaard, S. and Rydhmer, Lotta
Title:Conservation of a native dairy cattle breed through terminal crossbreeding with commercial dairy breeds
Series Name/Journal:Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:70
Page range:1-12
Number of Pages:12
ISSN:0906-4702
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Crossbreeding, native breeds, dairy cattle, conservation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109779
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-109779
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DOI10.1080/09064702.2020.1867632
Web of Science (WoS)000608142800001
ID Code:22732
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics
(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:10 Mar 2021 14:43
Metadata Last Modified:10 Mar 2021 14:51

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