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Prerequisites

Knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.

About this course

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Animal breeding, and especially farm animal breeding, has developed into a professional industry with modern technologies, large-scale data collection, and analyses. This has resulted in very efficient and effective breeding programs. However, in many developing countries, and for many lesser known livestock and fish species there is a need for tailor-made breeding programs. In this course, you will learn about the implementation and evaluation of both large industrial scale and the tailor-made breeding programs, in terms of genetic progress and genetic diversity.

Together with other learners, you will dive into the reasons behind crossbreeding in relation to dissemination of genetic improvement. It is essential to know how key biological factors affect the structure of a breeding program and to understand the different structures a breeding program can have.

Join this course and learn everything about how to properly evaluate breeding programs. In several knowledge clips and assignments, you will learn how to assess the effects of legislation, competition, GxE, new technology on breeding programs.

A special section of this course is devoted to monogenic recessive disorders. These disorders play an important role in breeding programs for companion animals such as dogs and horses. Modern DNA sequencing technology now makes it possible not only to detect these mutations but also to design breeding strategies aimed at eliminating these diseases.

After finishing this course you can make informed decisions when setting up a breeding program for a specific animal in a specific production system and recognize and identify key elements of the course in real-life examples of breeding programs.

Please know that knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully. This course partially builds on knowledge gained in the MOOC Genetic Models for Animal Breeding.

For Who

Although this course is open to everyone, it is particular useful for breeders of:

  • Cows
  • Poultry/Chicken
  • Horses
  • Pigs/Swine
  • Dogs
  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Fish
  • Shrimp

Professional Certificate Program

This course is part of the Professional Certificate Programme "Animal Breeding and Genetics". Join the other course in the programme, Genetic Models for Animal Breeding, and advance your career as a breeder.

The course is developed with financial support and input from the Koepon Foundation.

What you'll learn

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  • Introduction to evaluating breeding programmes
  • Crossbreeding and dissemination of genetic improvement
  • Evaluation of breeding programmes
  • Genetic diversity in monogenic recessive diseases
  • Genetic diversity at a population level
  • Breeding programmes in practice

Meet your instructors

Hans Komen
Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Wageningen University & Research
Han Mulder
Assistant Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Wageningen University & Research
Piter Bijma
Assistant Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Wageningen University & Research
John Bastiaansen
Research associate Animal Breeding and Genomics
Wageningen University & Research

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