Articles | Volume 64, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 187–198, 2021
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 187–198, 2021

Original study 26 May 2021

Original study | 26 May 2021

Herd clustering strategies and corresponding genetic evaluations based on social–ecological characteristics for a local endangered cattle breed

Jonas Herold et al.

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For local breeds kept in small herds, consideration of classical herd effects implies imprecise genetic evaluations. In consequence, the present study aimed to evaluate different herd clustering strategies, considering social–ecological and herd characteristics. The similarities of herds within created herd clusters and improved reliabilities of estimated breeding values suggest the application of herd clusters in statistical models for genetic evaluations in local breeds.