Umar Aziz1*, Maham Asghar2, Namra Saffadar2, Muhammad Hunzla3, Faish Ur Rehman4, Rimsha Aziz1 and Saleh Ahmad1
1Evergreen Sires, University of Agriculture Science, Department of Animal Breeding
and Genetics, Pakistan
2University of Agriculture Science, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Pakistan
3National Centre for Livestock Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, subcentre UAF, Pakistan
4Department of Parasitology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Umar Aziz, Evergreen Sires, University of Agriculture Science, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Pakistan.
Received: August 17, 2023; Published: October 09, 2023
Advancements in genomics and biotechnology have revolutionized the field of animal breeding, offering new avenues for optimizing livestock production and genetic progress. This research paper delves into the concept of Genomic Selection (GS) and its application in precision breeding for the enhancement of semen production and overall genetic improvement in Sahiwal cattle, buffalo, and Cholistani cattle, with a focus on the Evergreen Sires Farm as a representative case study. Genomic Selection leverages high-throughput genotyping technologies and statistical algorithms to predict the breeding value of animals with unprecedented accuracy. This allows breeders to identify superior individuals at an early stage, thereby accelerating the rate of genetic progress and enhancing desired traits such as semen quality and quantity. The Evergreen Sires Farm, known for its exemplary collection of Sahiwal, buffalo, and Cholistani cattle, serves as an ideal context to explore the practical implementation of GS. Through the analysis of data and simulations, this paper demonstrates how genomic information can be harnessed to make informed breeding decisions, leading to improved semen production and genetic gains. Moreover, it explores the potential challenges and ethical considerations associated with the utilization of genomic technologies in animal breeding, emphasizing the need for balanced strategies that incorporate traditional breeding approaches alongside modern genomic techniques.
Keywords: Genomic Selection; Precision Breeding; Semen Production; Genetic Progress; Sahiwal Cattle; Buffalo; Cholistani Cattle; Evergreen Sires Farm
Citation: Umar Aziz., et al. “Genomic Selection: Precision Breeding for Enhanced Semen Production and Genetic Progress".Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 5.11 (2023): 06-11.
Copyright: © 2023 Umar Aziz., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.