Integration of immunocompetence marker-assisted genetic selection in dairy and beef cattle breeding programmes

  • Start of project: 27/09/2023
  • End of project: 30/04/2027
  • Principal Investigator: Marta Alonso
  • Funder: Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
  • Reference: REGAGE23e00064681324
  • Budget: 506703,79€ (80% through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and 20% by the general state administration (AGE))
  • Partners: CONAFE, Cattle breeders associations (FECL and ARAPAR), molecular genetics laboratory (XENETICA FONTAO), Veterinary Centre (C.T.V. LA ESPINA) and bovine insemination centre in Spain (ABEREKIN), OPI (NEIKER).
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General objective:

To evaluate and improve susceptibility, resistance and tolerance to Paratuberculosis based on genomic selection contributing to the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle.

Specific objectives:

  • Proof of concept of the evaluation and categorisation with respect to susceptibility, tolerance and resistance to Paratuberculosis, applied to the genotyped population of the Friesian breed in Spain and transfer of the tool to CONAFE.
  • Expansion of the Friesian Reference population and validation of the tool in animals of other breeds and productive aptitudes.