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Kursen ger kunskaper som är tydligt tillämpbara i verkliga avelsprogram. Kursen ger en översikt av hållbarhetsbegreppets tillämpning i husdjursavel.

Information från kursledaren

Welcome to “Designing Breeding Programmes” (HV0195) 2024

The course starts 10.00 Monday January 15 in lecture room Y, in the Ulls building at the Ultuna Campus, Uppsala http://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/locations/slu-uppsala/ .

Schedule and homepage

During the course we will use a “virtual course room” in Canvas that you will be able to access at (https://student.slu.se/en/studies/educational-systems/canvas-learning-platform/canvas-login/?). In Canvas you will find the first tasks to be done in the course, such as preparing for the Previous knowledge exercise and questions for the first Ethics lecture. Let me know (susanne.eriksson@slu.se) if you cannot access Canvas, and need to get the information via email.


You need to register for the course and can self-register. To be able to do the registration you need to have activated your student IT account (see check list below). If the self-registration does not work during the week before the course starts (e.g. because you who have been accepted conditionally (villkorlig antagning) please contact us-husdjur@slu.se.

Other information

It is important that you participate in compulsory parts marked in bold in the time table such as the compulsory course start. In case you cannot participate due to valid reasons, please let me know as soon as possible (susanne.eriksson@slu.se).

Please inform the education administrator (us-husdjur@slu.se) in case you do not intend to take the course.

As a new student at SLU you find a useful check list here: https://student.slu.se/en/studies/new-student/.

It is possible that we will use Zoom at some occasion: https://student.slu.se/en/sw-news/2020/3/new-tool-for-e-meetings-for-slu-students/. In case you would need to access some programs on the student computers via “My desktop” you can find information about it at https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/it-support/support/my-desktop/. To access some of the SLU servers/articles/tools from home you may need to log in via VPN (https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/it-support/support/access-to-databases-requires-vpn/). In case you have problems to use or access the SLU online tools you will need to ask the IT-service for help at the start of the course (https://student.slu.se/en/study-support/it-support/).

If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact:

susanne.eriksson@slu.se (course leader) or us-husdjur@slu.se (education administrator).

We are looking forward to meeting you and hope that you will find the course interesting!

Kind regards, Susanne


Kursvärderingen är ännu inte aktiverad

Kursvärderingen är öppen mellan 2024-03-12 och 2024-04-02

Andra kursvärderingar för HV0195

Läsåret 2022/2023

Utformning av avelsprogram (HV0195-30140)

2023-01-16 - 2023-03-21

Läsåret 2021/2022

Utformning av avelsprogram (HV0195-30001)

2022-01-17 - 2022-03-23

Kursplan och övrig information



Some additional reading may be provided to you during the course, mainly optional articles that will be posted in our virtual classroom Canvas, that you will get access to at the start of the course.

(for those that need an update this is strongly recommended to read before or early during the course)

Kor Oldenbroek and Liesbeth van der Waaij, 2015. Textbook Animal Breeding and Genetics for BSc students. Centre for Genetic Resources The Netherlands and Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre, 2015. Groen Kennisnet: https://wiki.groenkennisnet.nl/display/TAB/Textbook+Animal+Breeding+and+Genetics


Groen A.F., Steine, T., Collea, J-J., Pedersen, J., Pribyl, J., Reinsch, N. 1997. Economic values in dairy cattle breeding, with special reference to functional traits. Report of an EAAP-working group. Livestock Production Science 49, 1-21. Canvas

Wolfova, M., Wolf, J. 2013. Strategies for defining traits when calculating economic values for livestock breeding: a review. Animal 7:9, pp 1401–1413. Canvas Canvas

Compendium and statistical methods (Strongly recommended to read early during the course)

Compendium: Genetic evaluation (36 pp) with Appendix. Canvas

Compendium: Selection and genetic change (22 pp), with Appendix. Canvas

Compendium: Statistical methods in animal breeding (35 p). Canvas

Zuur A.F., Ieno, E.N., Elphick, C.S. 2010. A protocol for data exploration to avoid common statistical problems. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 2010, 3–14. Canvas


Sørensen, M.K., Norberg, E., Pedersen, J. and Christensen, L.G. 2008. Invited Review: Crossbreeding in Dairy Cattle: A Danish Perspective. J. Dairy Sci., 91:4116-4128. Canvas

Clasen, J.B., Kargo, M. Østergaard, S., Fikse, W.F., Rydhmer, L., Strandberg, E. 2021. Genetic consequences of terminal crossbreeding, genomic test, sexed semen, and beef semen in dairy herds. J. Dairy Sci. 104:806-807. Canvas

Van Vleck, L.D., Pollak, E.J., Branford Oltenacu, E.A. 1987. Genetics for the Animal Sciences. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York. Pp 357-368. Canvas


Eriksson, S., Jonas, E., Rydhmer, L., Röcklinsberg, H. 2018. Invited review: Breeding and ethical perspectives on genetically modified cattle. J. Dairy Sci. 101, 1-17. Canvas

Neeteson-van Nieuwenhoven, A.M., Merks, J., Bagnato, A., Liinamo, A.-E. 2006. Sustainable transparent farm animal breeding and reproduction. Livestock Science 103, 282–291. Canvas

Röcklinsberg, H., Gamborg, C., Gjerris, M., Rydhmer, L., Tjärnström, E., Wallenbeck, A. 2016. Understanding Swedish dairy farmers’ view on breeding goals - ethical aspects of longevity. In Olsson et al. Food futures: ethics, science and culture. 13th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, Porto, 28 Sept 1 - Oct 2016. Canvas


Jenko, J., Gorjanc, G., Cleveland, M.A., Varshney, R.K., Whitelaw, C.B.A., Woolliams, J.A., Hickey, J.M. 2015. Potential of promotion of alleles by genome editing to improve quantitative traits in livestock breeding programs. Genetics Selection Evolution 47-55. Canvas


Dekkers, J.C.M. 2004. Commercial application of marker- and gene-assisted selection in livestock: Strategies and lessons. J. Anim. Sci. 82:E313-328. Canvas

García-Ruiz, A., Cole, J.B., VanRaden, P.M., Wiggans, G.R., Ruiz-López, F.J., and Van Tassell, C.P. 2016. Changes in genetic selection differentials and generation intervals in US Holstein dairy cattle as a result of genomic selection PNAS July 12, 2016. 113 (28) E3995-E4004. Canvas

Jonas, E & deKoning, DJ, 2015. Genomic selection needs to be carefully assessed to meet specific requirements in livestock breeding programs. Frontiers in Genetics. Volume 6, Article 49, 1-8. Canvas

Meuwissen, T., Hayes, B. 2016. Genomic selection: A paradigm shift in animal breeding. Animal Frontiers, Vol. 6, No. 1. Canvas

Sonesson, A.K, Ødegård, J. 2016. Mating structures for genomic selection breeding programs in aquaculture. Genetics Selection Evolution 48:46. Canvas


Hammami, H., Boulbaba, R and Gengler, N. 2009. Genotype by environment interaction in dairy cattle. Biotechnol. Agron. Soc. Environ. 13(1), 155-164. Canvas


Djekic, I.V., 2021. Meat supply chain in the perspective of UN SDGs. Theory and practice of meat processing. 2021;6(3):242-247. https://doi.org/10.21323/2414-438X-2021-6-3-242-247 Canvas

EFFAB, 2020. European forum of farm animal breeders. Read about CODE-EFABAR at http://www.responsiblebreeding.eu/. Canvas (link)

FAO, 2010. Breeding strategies for sustainable management of animal genetic resources. FAO Animal production and health guidelines. No. 3. Rome; Section D Developing straight-breeding programmes and Section E Developing cross-breeding programmes. (Pages 67-87). Available on http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1103e/i1103e.pdf Canvas (link).

GenTORE, 2021. Supporting farmers to get the right balance between resilience and efficiency. Resilience + efficiency = Sustainability GenTORE Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a5QEtbLaig (NOTE: there are more videos from researchers within GenTORE to be found on youtube if you are interested).Olesen, I., Groen, A.F. and Gjerde, B. 2000. Definition of animal breeding goals for sustainable production systems. J. Anim. Sci. 78: 570-582. Canvas

Rydhmer, L, Zira, S, Hoffman, R, Röös, E. 2022. Defining better breeding goals with sustainability assessments. Practice abstract. GenTORE. https://mcusercontent.com/115e344f8d49820b7452d8f90/files/a7e554cd-dbef-91d6-c597-dd548c0f49b3/WP6_PA4_v2.pdf. Canvas

Woolliams, J, Berg, P, Mäki-Tanila, A, Meuwissen, T, Fimland, E. 2005. Sustainable management of animal genetic resources. Nordic gene bank farm animals. Norway. ISBN 82-997123-1-9. (A number of books will be available to borrow from the course leader.)


Gordon, IR. 2017. Reproductive Technologies in Farm Animals. 2nd edition. CABI Publishing. EBOOK ISBN 9781786392626. Available on internet. Chapter 1.3-1.3.5, 1.3.9. (Current RTs); 2.1-2.1.5 (AI); 2.2.3 (Cryo preservation semen)*; *2.3 (intro), 2.3.3-2.3.4 (Semen sexing); 3-3.1.3 (Embryo transfer); 3.3-3.3.1 (Application ET); 4.1 (Intro, not 4.1.1-) (In vitro embryo prod.); 12.4 (DNA Technology, read to get an overview, not all details). Read online: ProQuest Ebook Central - Detail page, you need to be logged in as SLU student (if from home via VPN).

Kashinatan, P., Wei, H., Xiang, T., Molina, J. A., Metzger, J., Broek, D., Kasinathan, D., Faber, D.C., Allan, M.F. 2015. Acceleration of genetic gain in cattle by reduction of generation interval. Scientific Reports 5: 8674. Canvas

(Useful for your project work!)

Carlberg, H., J. Nilsson, E. Brännäs, and A. Alanärä, 2018. An evaluation of 30 years of selective breeding in the Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus L.) and its implications for feeding management. Aquaculture 495: 428–434. Canvas

Gjedrem, T., and M. Rye, 2018. Selection response in fish and shellfish: a review. Reviews in Aquaculture 10: 168–179. Canvas

Houston, R. D., Y. H. Jin, T. L. Jenkins, S. L. C. Selly, S. A. M. Martin et al., 2020. Harnessing genomics to fast-track genetic improvement in aquaculture. Nature Reviews Genetics 21:389-409. Canvas

Kause, A., A. Nousiainen, and H. Koskinen, 2022. Improvement in feed efficiency and reduction in nutrient loading from rainbow trout farms: the role of selective breeding. Journal of Animal Science 100: skac214. Canvas

Vandeputte, M., G. Corraze, J. Doerflinger, F. Enez, F. Clota et al., 2022. Realised genetic gains on growth, survival, feed conversion ratio and quality traits after ten generations of multi-trait selection in rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss, fed a standard diet or a “future” fish-free and soy-free diet. Aquaculture Reports 27: 101363. Canvas


Kursen ges som en fristående kurs: Ja Kursen ges som en programkurs: Husdjursvetenskap - masterprogram Agronomprogrammet - husdjur Kursavgift: Studieavgift, endast för medborgare utanför EU, EES, och Schweiz: 38060 SEK Nivå: Avancerad nivå (A1N)
Ämne: Husdjursvetenskap Lantbruksvetenskap
Kurskod: HV0195 Anmälningskod: SLU-30019 Plats: Uppsala Distanskurs: Nej Undervisningsspråk: Engelska Ansvarig institution: Institutionen för Husdjursgenetik Studietakt: 100%