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J. Dairy Sci. 2008. 91:4058-4061. doi:10.3168/jds.2007-0955
2008 American Dairy Science Association

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Technical Note: Adaptation of an Animal-Model Method for Approximation of Reliabilities to a Sire-Maternal Grandsire Model

G. R. Wiggans*,1, S. Tsuruta{dagger} and I. Misztal{dagger}

* Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
{dagger} Department of Animal and Dairy Science, University of Georgia, Athens 30602

1 Corresponding author: George.Wiggans{at}ars.usda.gov

A method used to approximate reliabilities for animal models was modified to estimate reliabilities for sire-maternal grandsire (MGS) models. Accuracy of the approximation was tested on a calving-ease data set for 2,968 bulls for which the inverse of the coefficient matrix could be obtained. Correlations between estimated and true reliabilities ranged from 0.984 to 0.998 for first- and later-parity calving ease for sire and MGS effects. With no modification of the animal-model procedure, MGS identification was treated as if it were dam identification, which resulted in overestimated reliability. When pedigree information was ignored, reliability was underestimated. Correlations with true values were lower for both of those cases when compared with correct processing of MGS information. The modification provided a slight improvement over assuming MGS to be unknown and will be used for routine USDA evaluation of calving traits.

Key Words: reliability sire-maternal grandsire model







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