Genetic Models for Animal Breeding

3 months
Certification paid
Course by EdX
What will you learn?
The steps required in setting up a breeding program.
Understanding of the main concepts in animal breeding.
Applying genetic models and tools to predict the breeding value of animals.
Tools to predict genetic change and/or inbreeding in populations.
About the course

Animal breeding involves the selective breeding of domestic or livestock animals with the intention to improve desirable (and heritable) qualities in the next generation. This course introduces the steps required to design a program for breeding animals and teaches the genetic and statistical concepts that are needed to build a solid breeding program. Follow this course and learn what the key factors are for improving and increasing productivity and learn what it takes to create and maintain a healthy strong population. You will learn how an animal breeder balances the need for improving the desirable qualities of the animals with the need for genetic diversity and long-term sustainability of the breeding program. You will learn about the scientific concepts in genetics that are applied in animal breeding, as well as how to apply the genetic models and computational methods that are used in animal breeding.

Professionals working with animals will be able to use the knowledge from this course to understand the impact of breeding on animal populations and use genetic principles to make their decisions. This course will allow you an advanced starting point for further studies, such as M.Sc. level courses in breeding.

Please know that knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.

For who

Although this course is open to everyone, it is particular useful for breeders of:

  • Cows
  • Poultry/Chicken
  • Horses
  • Pigs/Swine
  • Dogs
  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Fish
  • Shrimp

Professional Certificate Program

This course is part of the Professional Certificate Program "Animal Breeding and Genetics". Join the other course in the program, Evaluating Animal Breeding Programs, and advance your career as a breeder.

The course is developed with financial support and input from the Koepon Foundationand the African Chicken Genetic Gains project.

Genetic Models for Animal Breeding
Understand the genetic and statistic principles that enable responsible animal breeding and set-up and improve your own breedingprogram.
Hans Komen
Hans Komen
Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics Wageningen University & Research
Han Mulder
Han Mulder
Assistant Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics Wageningen University & Research
Piter Bijma
Piter Bijma
Assistant Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics Wageningen University & Research
John Bastiaansen
John Bastiaansen
Research associate Animal Breeding and Genomics Wageningen University & Research
Mario Calus
Mario Calus
Senior researcher at Wageningen Livestock Research Wageningen University & Research
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