comparison only of animals which have had like treatment is one of the most
important aspects of BREEDPLAN. These like-treated groups are called
management groups. If the groups are not reported correctly, EBVs will be
less accurate and possibly misleading. It is also important, to ensure that
weights from all animals in a group are submitted.
1. Assign animals to different management groups where they
have been treated differently. However, be careful not to create unnecessary management
groups as this
conflicts with point 2.
2. Run animals in large groups. Larger groups provide
more information for EBV calculations.
3. Establish pedigree links. This can be achieved by
ensuring two or more sires are represented in each management group. The more, the more reliable the EBVs.
by BREEDPLAN includes sex, age, twin/single birth and ET
calving season . This increases
the number of calves in each group and reduces the number of groups based on
calves before they are separated into groups by management.
calves of the same sex on one day.
than one AI sire within your AI program.
that as many sires as possible are represented in each management group.
management group should only include like treated animals.
sizes as large as possible.