The ‘ROBUSTMILK’ project gives guidance as to how selection for robustness in cows might be achieved to develop the dairy industry. There are good opportunities to achieve improvements both in milk quality traits (for milk and milk products as part of a healthy diet) and for a variety of traits that contribute to ‘robustness’. The partners in the project have shown that mid infra-red spectroscopy has potential for rapid phenotypic screening of relevant traits. Data can be interlinked on whole animal phenotypes from different locations, nationally and internationally. This will help as the costs of managing resources for whole animal phenotyping continue to rise.
(Advances in Animal Biosciences, 2013)
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