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Genetic parameters for testosterone production in boars.

Data were collected in 1982 through 1989 from 66 sires and 358 Duroc boars. Testosterone production was measured from peripheral blood samples before (PRE) and after (POST) GnRH challenge. Additionally, data were collected on testes length at 168 d (TL168), testes width at 168 d (TW168), testes volume at 168 d (TVOL), birth weight (BWT), average daily gain (ADG), days to 104 kg (DAYS104), and backfat adjusted to 104 kg (FAT). Overall means for these traits were 24.6, 75.7, 12.3 cm, 11.6 cm, 422.0 cm3, 1.5 kg, .5 kg, 189.3 d, and 18.5 mm, respectively. Son-sire regressions were used to calculate genetic parameters. Heritabilities for PRE, POST, TL168, TW168, TVOL, BWT, ADG, DAYS104, and FAT were .37, .26, .33, .34, .33, .21, .42, .35, and 0, respectively. Moderately favorable genetic correlations were obtained for PRE and POST with growth measurements. Large positive genetic correlations were present for both PRE and POST with TL168, TW168, and TVOL, and testes measurements had large positive genetic correlations with growth traits. Selection for testes size or testosterone production should be equally effective. However, it seems that selection for testes size would result in larger changes in measures of growth than selection for testosterone. This study suggests that testes measurements are good predictors of both basal and challenge testosterone levels. Selection for increased testis size or increased testosterone levels would be expected to enhance growth.[1]


  1. Genetic parameters for testosterone production in boars. Lubritz, D., Johnson, B., Robison, O.W. J. Anim. Sci. (1991) [Pubmed]
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