1. Preface

Cole, J. B., and P. M. VanRaden. 2008. A Manual for Use of BESTPRED: A Program for Estimation of Lactation Yield and Persistency Using Best Prediction.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory.

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.

The authors of this software do not make any warranty, express or implied, or assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represent that its use would not infringe privately-owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or the author. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software for any purpose without fee is hereby granted, provided that this entire notice is included in all copies of any software which is or includes a copy or modification of this software and in all copies of the supporting documentation for such software.

The authors would like to thank Brad Heins (University of Minnesota) for bug reports and porting assistance.

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