BREEDING PROGRAMS AND PROGENY TESTING IN THE TIMES OF GENOMIC SELECTION
Genomic selection will be the next big milestone for the development of breeding programs for dairy and dual purpose cattle. The theoretical work was done during the last 8 years since MEUWISSEN (2001) made the first proposal to use genomic information in cattle breeding programs. During the last years the technology for genotyping our animals were developed rapidly. Now it is possible to get the genome-wide information of our breeding animals for 40000 to 60000 Single nucleotide proteins (SNP) for a price of about 250,00 EURO. Therefore it is important for a breeding association or an A.I. Company to plan how this information can be sampled in an optimal way for a utilization in our breeding programs to increase the genetic standard of our breeds.