Deer Select is the New Zealand’s national deer recording database. Deer Select stores pedigree and performance (trait) records, then uses this data to provide estimated breeding values and economic indices. Deer stud breeders can use these breeding values and indexes to make selection decisions and monitor their genetic progress within the nationally recorded herd. Commercial herds can use Indexes and breeding values to select studs with the desired traits and make purchase decisions based on directly comparable data across different stud herds.
What is Deer Select?
Deer Select is a database for storing pedigree records and trait data collected from performance recorded animals.
Breeding values provide an estimate of the real difference that can be expected between the progeny of a stag and the average.
Genetic trend graphs are very useful for breeders and stock purchasers, as they show the genetic progress that a breeder is making over time.
Genetic linkage across herds and years is critical to breeding programs which utilize Breeding Values (BVs) to provide a measure of genetic worth.
Purchasing deer using Deer Select
When considering purchasing new breeding stock, look for breeders whose breeding goals match your objectives and who are recording their herd genetics on Deer Select.
Recording deer on Deer Select
Getting started with recording deer on Deer Select.
Traits, BVs and Indices
A trait is a specific genetically inherited feature of your stock. A breeding value is a measurement of the intensity of that trait likely to be inherited b the stock's progeny.
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