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ANIM0002-2  Animal Breeding

Duration :  18h Th, 6h Pr
Number of credits :  
Required preliminary complements to Advanced Master in Plant and Animal Resource Management in tropical environment2
Lecturer :  Nicolas Gengler
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Course contents :  
Course description This course will give an overview on modern practical animal breeding. Active participation by the students will be complementary to theoretical classes.
Table of contents History of animal breeding and genetics Breeding structures and other stakeholders in animal breeding Introduction to techniques used in animal breeding and genetics
  • Fundamental concepts
  • Definition of breeding goals
Selection index and mixed models
  • Definition, notation, computation
  • Examples (using MATLAB and SAS)
Genetic Progress Marker assisted selection and genomic selection Practical applications and examples
  • Genetic evaluations
  • Selection programs in purebreds and crossbreds
Learning outcomes of the course :  
To teach modern techniques used in animal breeding After completing the course the student is expected to
  • be able to understand modern animal breeding;
  • be able to do consulting for breeders and breed societies.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Quantitative Genetics
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Active contribution of the student by the execution of work (project) in (small) groups will complement the theoretical course. Communication of their results will be in English.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Lectures : 10h
Practical Works : 7h
Seminars : 3h
Field-study trip and visits : 4h
Recommended or required readings :  
Class site:
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Oral examination (40%) Group work (40%) Personal work (20%)
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Gengler, Nicolas Zootechnie 081 62 22 06

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