Detection of loci affecting milk production and health traits in an elite US Holstein population using microsatellite markers

M. S. Ashwell, C. E. Rexroad, R. H. Miller, P. M. VanRaden, Y. Da

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Abstract

Quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting health and milk production traits were studied in seven large half-sib US Holstein families by using the granddaughter design. Genotyping for 16 markers was completed and marker allele differences within and pooled-across families were analysed. Potential QTL were identified for somatic cell score (SCS), fat yield, fat percentage, protein yield and protein percentage. Three markers (BM203, BM4505 and BM2078) were associated with significant effects for different traits and, after further analysis, may be useful in marker-assisted selection in specific families. Comparisons between these data and previously identified QTL support the location of a QTL for milk yield and protein yield on chromosome 21.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalAnimal Genetics
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1997

Keywords

  • Dairy cattle
  • Microsatellite markers
  • Milk production
  • Quantitative trait loci
  • Somatic cell score

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