Application of genomic data for reliability improvement of pig breeding value estimates

Ekaterina Melnikova, Artem Kabanov, Sergey Nikitin, Maria Somova, Sergey Kharitonov, Petr Otradnov, Olga Kostyunina, Tatiana Karpushkina, Elena Martynova, Aleksander Sermyagin, Natalia Zinovieva

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in the first parity), meat, fatness and growth traits (muscle depth, days to 100 kg and backfat thickness over 6–7 rib) was tested using single-step genomic best linear unbiased prediction ssGBLUP methodology. These traits were selected as the most economically significant and different in terms of heritability. The heritability for meat, fatness and growth traits varied from 0.17 to 0.39 and for reproduction traits from 0.12 to 0.14. We confirm from our data that ssGBLUP is the most appropriate method of genomic evaluation. The validation of genomic predictions was performed by calculating the correlation between preliminary GEBV (based on pedigree and genomic data only) with high reliable conventional estimates (EBV) (based on pedigree, own phenotype and offspring records) of validating animals. Validation datasets include 151 and 110 individuals for reproduction, meat and fattening traits, respectively. The level of correlation (r) between EBV and GEBV scores varied from +0.44 to +0.55 for meat and fatness traits, and from +0.75 to +0.77 for reproduction traits. Average breeding value (EBV) of group selected on genomic evaluation basis exceeded the group selected on parental average estimates by 22, 24 and 66% for muscle depth, days to 100 kg and backfat thickness over 6–7 rib, respectively. Prediction based on SNP markers data and parental estimates showed a significant increase in the reliability of low heritable reproduction traits (about 40%), which is equivalent to including information about 10 additional descendants for sows and 20 additional descendants for boars in the evaluation dataset.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1557
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Estimated breeding value
  • Genomic evaluation
  • Genomic prediction
  • Pigs
  • Reliability of genomic prediction


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