Written Paper

Production of clean milk through genetic selection for Mastitis resistance  [1997]

Khan, M.S. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics)

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Mastitis is an expensive, management-intensive problem, the treatment of which raises public health questions. Proper management practices are the first approach to mastitis prevention. Yield of milk and its constituents will remain the more important traits of economic importance but ignoring mastitis in breeding programs would accumulate undesirable long-term genetic consequences that might be difficult to handle by change in the environment alone. Bulls can be selected so that their daughters have lesser incidence of mastitis. Overemphasizing the selection against mastitis may however, be counterproductive as it will affect the selection for other economic traits. Nevertheless, genetic evaluation for traits like SCS can be another tool available to the producers that can minimize the use of antibiotic therapy in the long run.

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Pakistan Veterinary Journal (Pakistan)

ISSN : 0253-8318