Selection was performed for high November weight on ad libitum (AL) and restricted feeding (RF) in mink in two generations. A farm fed line (FF) was maintained as a control. The estimates of heritability for November weight were large (0.62, 0.52, and 0.73 in males and 0.68, 0.51, and
0.60 in females in the FF-, AL-, and RF-line). The results indicate that selection on AL feeding increased appetite and thereby improved feed conversion ratio while selection on RF improved feed utilization. Furthermore, the results suggest that selection for August weight produces lean mink
while selection for November weight produces fat mink.
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Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics,Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, PO Box 50Tjele,8830, Denmark
Department of Animal Science,Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, PO Box 50Tjele,8830, Denmark
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Publication date: 2012-03-01
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