The present review consists of two parts. In the first part, the authors briefly describe the state of the art of breeding programmes for Italian dairy sheep; then they report new models for genetic evaluation and consider the problem of genotype x environment interaction and the impact of farming systems on the genetic merit of animals. In the second part new breeding goals regarding the evolution of milk quality concept and the increasing importance of functional traits are reported. Regarding milk quality, the authors especially focus on the traits related to cheese-making ability and on the nutraceutical aspects of milk. Among functional traits, resistance to diseases (mastitis and Scrapie) has been highlighted for its great importance in livestock species. Finally, the perspectives of marker-assisted selection have also been reported.
|Autori:||MACCIOTTA N.P.P; MELE M; CAPPIO-BORLINO A; SECCHIARI P|
|Titolo:||Issues and perspective in dairy sheep breeding|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|