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Identification of markers associated with estimated breeding value and horn colour in Hungarian Grey cattle

  • Zsolnai, Attila (NAIK-Research Institute for Animal Breeding, Nutrition and Meat Science) ;
  • Kovacs, Andras (NAIK-Research Institute for Animal Breeding, Nutrition and Meat Science) ;
  • Kaltenecker, Endre (Association of Hungarian Grey Cattle Breeders) ;
  • Anton, Istvan (NAIK-Research Institute for Animal Breeding, Nutrition and Meat Science)
  • Received : 2019.11.20
  • Accepted : 2020.04.29
  • Published : 2021.04.01

Abstract

Objective: This study was conducted to estimate effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) on the estimated breeding value of Hungarian Grey (HG) bulls and to find markers associated with horn colour. Methods: Genotypes 136 HG animals were determined on Geneseek high-density Bovine SNP 150K BeadChip. A multi-locus mixed-model was applied for statistical analyses. Results: Six SNPs were identified to be associated (-log10P>10) with green and white horn. These loci are located on chromosome 1, 3, 9, 18, and 25. Seven loci (on chromosome 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, 28) showed considerable association (-log10P>10) with the estimated breeding value. Conclusion: Analysis provides markers for further research of horn colour and supplies markers to achieve more effective selection work regarding estimated breeding value of HG.

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