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Livestock Genetics
LVSTK GENETICS
CLASS CODE: AS 333 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: ANIMAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Study of animal breeding principles involved in improving livestock through genetic selection methods. Exploration of genetic theories and mating systems currently used in animal agriculture.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: *Mendellian inheritance
*Population genetics
*Breeding values
*Heritability
*Rate of genetic change
*Genetic evaluation
*Trait selection
*Mating system
*Heterosis and crossbreeding schemes
*Computer simulations of genetic choices
*Effects of biotechnology in animal breeding
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Develop understanding of Mendellian inheritance.
2. Understand methods of selection for simply-inherited traits.
3. Identify quantitative trait models and understand statistics used with these traits.
4. Understand heritability and repeatability.
5. Recognize factors affecting the rate of genetic change and genetic prediction.
6. Understand correlated response to selectiona dn multiple trait selection strategies.
7. Understand simply-inherited trait strategies for selection.
8. Determine effects of inbreeding, outbreeding, heterosis.
9. Compare the major crossbreeding strategies used in livestock operations today.
10. Create awareness of biotechnology developments which will impact future livestock genetics.
11. Increase research and writing skills using CSE documentation format to answer a genetics question.
REQUIREMENTS:
PREREQUISITES: AS 150
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 2003