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Optimizing Animal Genetic Improvement

This book provides concepts, examples and computer programs for the optimization of genetic contributions to animal performance. Topics cover short-term choices of genotypes and long-term improvements of populations, using information on single alleles through to multiple alleles for multiple traits. The focus is on the definition and improvement of aggregate genotypes using profit functions, bio-economic models, systems analysis, multi-trait selection, allele flow techniques, and predicted genetic and economic responses.