932335 Designing breeding programs

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Willam, Alfons
Offered in
Wintersemester 2020/21
Languages of instruction


Designing and optimizing breeding programs, methodical approaches for modeling and evaluating breeding programs (deterministic, stochastic), gene-flow method, criteria to evaluate breeding programs, importance of functional traits in total merit index (TMI) in Austrian dairy cattle breeding programs.

Previous knowledge expected

Advanced Animal Breeding (Spezielle Tierzucht, 932.306)
!! Students of the BOKU-Master Program Livestock Sciences (Nutztierwissenschaften) are only admitted to this course after passing the exam in Advanced Animal Breeding (Spezielle Tierzucht) !!

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Methodical deepening of the basic process of designing and optimizing breeding programs, which was shortly discussed in the subject Advanced Animal Breeding (Master Program Livestock Sciences). Demonstration of application of designing and optimizing breeding programs through modeling and evaluation of alternative breeding programs in cattle based on a practical example.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.