A Manual for Use of BESTPRED: A Program for Estimation of Lactation Yield and Persistency Using Best Prediction

J. B. Cole and P. M. VanRaden


Date: August 12, 2009
Revised August 12, 2009


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Abstract:

Cole, J.B. and VanRaden, P.M. 2009. A Manual for Use of BESTPRED: A Program for Estimation of Lactation Yield and Persistency Using Best Prediction. Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

This manual describes how to obtain, install, and run a Fortran 90 program for calculating lactation yields and persistencies using best prediction methodology. Chapters also present the theory underlying best prediction, describe the methodology used to calculate covariances among pairs of days in milk for any combination of traits, and discuss implementation details important to anyone considering modifications to the programs. The purpose is to provide both background material and step-by-step instructions for successful use of the software.

Mention of trade names or commercial products in this manual is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

All programs and services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.

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