ISSN 1644-0714 e-ISSN 2300-6145

Zootechnica

Research Article

Comparison of inbreeding coefficients in Polish Halfbred and Holstein stallions

Ryszard Pikuła, Daniel Zaborski, Wilhelm Grzesiak, Wioletta Werkowska

1 Laboratory of Horse Breeding and Animal Assisted Therapy, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Doktora Judyma 14, 71-466 Szczecin, Poland 2 Laboratory of Biostatistics, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Doktora Judyma 10, 71-466 Szczecin, Poland

Abstract. The aim of this study was to compare the inbreeding coefficients (F) in Polish Halfbred (PH) and Holstein (H) stallions in the area of their Associations’ activity in 2004 and 2012. A total of 184 PH and 209 H stallions covering in 2012 in Poland and the area of Holstein Horse Breeders Association were investigated. The calculated F values were compared depending on the stallion’s breed. In addition, all the stallions were assigned to one of the four groups depending on the F value. The mean F value for the PH stallions (0.22%) was significantly lower than that for the H stallions (0.89%). Most animals of both breeds (88.59% and 69.38%, respectively) were not inbred. The F values in 2004 and 2012 for the H stallions did not differ significantly, whereas those for the PH stallions were significantly higher in 2012 compared with 2004. It can be concluded that using a greater kinship level in order to increase horses’ performance value becomes popular.

Keywords: Holstein, Polish Halfbred Horse, inbreeding coefficient

Accepted: 14 Nov 2016

Published online: 06 May 2017

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Pikuła, R., Zaborski, D., Grzesiak, W., Werkowska, W. (2016). Comparison of inbreeding coefficients in Polish Halfbred and Holstein stallions. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 15(3), 111‒118. DOI:10.21005/asp.2016.15.3.09