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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Evaluating Animal Breeding Programmes in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX. Gain insight in how to evaluate an ongoing breeding program, both in terms of genetic progress and genetic diversity, and in how to get the genetic progress from the breeding program to the farmer.

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Overview

Animal breeding, and especially farm animal breeding, has developed into a professional industry with modern technologies, large-scale data collection, and analyses. This has resulted in very efficient and effective breeding programs. However, in many developing countries, and for many lesser known livestock and fish species there is a need for tailor-made breeding programs. In this course, you will learn about the implementation and evaluation of both large industrial scale and the tailor-made breeding programs, in terms of genetic progress and genetic diversity.

Together with other learners, you will dive into the reasons behind crossbreeding in relation to dissemination of genetic improvement. It is essential to know how key biological factors affect the structure of a breeding program and to understand the different structures a breeding program can have.

Join this Evaluating Animal Breeding Programmes course at Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX and learn everything about how to properly evaluate breeding programs. In several knowledge clips and assignments, you will learn how to assess the effects of legislation, competition, GxE, new technology on breeding programs.

The programme

A special section of this course is devoted to monogenic recessive disorders. These disorders play an important role in breeding programs for companion animals such as dogs and horses. Modern DNA sequencing technology now makes it possible not only to detect these mutations but also to design breeding strategies aimed at eliminating these diseases.

After finishing this course you can make informed decisions when setting up a breeding program for a specific animal in a specific production system and recognize and identify key elements of the course in real-life examples of breeding programs.

Please know that knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully. This course partially builds on knowledge gained in the MOOC Genetic Models for Animal Breeding.

This course is part of the Professional Certificate Programme “Animal Breeding and Genetics”. Join the other course in the programme, Genetic Models for Animal Breeding, and advance your career as a breeder.

Programme Structure

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to evaluating breeding programmes
  • Crossbreeding and dissemination of genetic improvement
  • Evaluation of breeding programmes
  • Genetic diversity in monogenic recessive diseases
  • Genetic diversity at a population level
  • Breeding programmes in practice

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Duration

  • Part-time
    • 42 days
    • 4 hrs/week

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Language

English

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Online
  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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General requirements

Level: Intermediate

  • Knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.

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