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Comparison of external morphological traits of newborns to inner morphological traits of the dam in the double-muscled Belgian Blue Beef breed

Frank Coopman UGent, N Gengler, AF Groen, Stefaan De Smet UGent and Alex Van Zeveren UGent (2004) JOURNAL OF ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS. 121(2). p.128-134
abstract
In the double-muscled (DM) Belgian Blue Beef (BBB) breed, caesarean section (CS) is used as a routine management tool to prevent dystocia. This practice is criticized on animal welfare grounds. With unassisted (natural) births, difficulties arise because of disproportion between the sizes of the newborn and inner pelvic sizes of the dam. In this study external morphological traits of newborns are compared with inner morphological traits of the dam. Results of this study indicate that in the DM-BBB, CS is the only means to successful calving. Therefore, no calving ease scores are available to select for less dystocia in this breed. Selection for fewer CS must be achieved by focusing on lower birth weight (BW) and decreased muscular conformation at birth, both having a sufficiently high heritability. Simultaneously, pelvic sizes of the dam should be increased. It is very likely that the look of the DM-BBB will change when selecting for less dystocia.
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Vergleichende Untersuchung der externen morphologischen Eigenschaften der neugeborenen Kälber zu den internen morphologischen Eigenschaften des Muttertiers in der auf Doppellendigkeit (DL) selektierten Weiß-Blauen Belgier (WBB) Rasse
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type
journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
CALVING EASE, BIRTH-WEIGHT, CATTLE, DYSTOCIA, HEIFERS, GROWTH, SELECTION, SIZE
journal title
JOURNAL OF ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS
J. Anim. Breed. Genet.
volume
121
issue
2
pages
128 - 134
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000220353500006
JCR category
AGRICULTURE, DAIRY & ANIMAL SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.856 (2004)
JCR rank
16/41 (2004)
JCR quartile
2 (2004)
ISSN
0931-2668
DOI
10.1111/j.1439-0388.2003.00445.x
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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294542
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-294542
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2004-09-06 16:43:00
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  abstract     = {In the double-muscled (DM) Belgian Blue Beef (BBB) breed, caesarean section (CS) is used as a routine management tool to prevent dystocia. This practice is criticized on animal welfare grounds. With unassisted (natural) births, difficulties arise because of disproportion between the sizes of the newborn and inner pelvic sizes of the dam. In this study external morphological traits of newborns are compared with inner morphological traits of the dam. Results of this study indicate that in the DM-BBB, CS is the only means to successful calving. Therefore, no calving ease scores are available to select for less dystocia in this breed. Selection for fewer CS must be achieved by focusing on lower birth weight (BW) and decreased muscular conformation at birth, both having a sufficiently high heritability. Simultaneously, pelvic sizes of the dam should be increased. It is very likely that the look of the DM-BBB will change when selecting for less dystocia.},
  author       = {Coopman, Frank and Gengler, N and Groen, AF and De Smet, Stefaan and Van Zeveren, Alex},
  issn         = {0931-2668},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS},
  keyword      = {CALVING EASE,BIRTH-WEIGHT,CATTLE,DYSTOCIA,HEIFERS,GROWTH,SELECTION,SIZE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {128--134},
  title        = {Comparison of external morphological traits of newborns to inner morphological traits of the dam in the double-muscled Belgian Blue Beef breed},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0388.2003.00445.x},
  volume       = {121},
  year         = {2004},
}

Chicago
Coopman, Frank, N Gengler, AF Groen, Stefaan De Smet, and Alex Van Zeveren. 2004. “Comparison of External Morphological Traits of Newborns to Inner Morphological Traits of the Dam in the Double-muscled Belgian Blue Beef Breed.” Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics 121 (2): 128–134.
APA
Coopman, F., Gengler, N., Groen, A., De Smet, S., & Van Zeveren, A. (2004). Comparison of external morphological traits of newborns to inner morphological traits of the dam in the double-muscled Belgian Blue Beef breed. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS, 121(2), 128–134.
Vancouver
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Coopman F, Gengler N, Groen A, De Smet S, Van Zeveren A. Comparison of external morphological traits of newborns to inner morphological traits of the dam in the double-muscled Belgian Blue Beef breed. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS. 2004;121(2):128–34.
MLA
Coopman, Frank, N Gengler, AF Groen, et al. “Comparison of External Morphological Traits of Newborns to Inner Morphological Traits of the Dam in the Double-muscled Belgian Blue Beef Breed.” JOURNAL OF ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS 121.2 (2004): 128–134. Print.