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    Author(s)Marija Klopcic and Reinhard Reents and Jan Philipsson and Abele Kuipers
    PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
    ISBN9789086860845
    Pages300
    BindingHardbound
    LanguageEnglish
    Publish YearMay 2009

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    Wageningen Academic Publishers Breeding For Robustness In Cattle by Marija Klopcic and Reinhard Reents and Jan Philipsson and Abele Kuipers

    The past decade has revealed unfavourable trends in e.g. fertility, udder health and locomotion in some major dairy cattle breeds due to a large increase in production and insufficient consideration of functional traits in the breeding goals. Such unfavourable trends in some functional traits increase costs. Additionally, the enlargement of herds leads to less available labour time per individual cow. This asks for cows that are easy to handle. At the same time, society is demanding a higher welfare standard of animals. These contradicting developments have increased the desire for so called more robust animals.Robustness can be defined as 'the ability to maintain homeostasis in commonly accepted and sustainable herds of the near future'; or 'the ability of the cow to function well in the environment she lives in as well as in a wide range of climates and production systems'. This book contains a series of articles (26) dealing with the concept of robustness, including aspects like evolution, genetics, environment, animal health and welfare, and integrity.Besides the major functional traits also the links to energy balance, hot climatic conditions, and the attitude and input of stakeholders towards robustness as part of the breeding program are discussed.