Optimizing Animal Genetic Improvement is a textbook for Animal Breeding and Genetics written by Drs. Jim Wilton, Margaret Quinton and Cheryl Quinton from the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL) at the University of Guelph. It is based on lecture notes for the graduate course Principles of Selection in Animal Breeding taught at CGIL.
This book provides concepts, examples and computer programs for the optimization of genetic contributions to animal performance. Topics cover short-term choices of genotypes and long-term improvements of populations, using information on single alleles through to multiple alleles for multiple traits. The focus is on the definition and improvement of aggregate genotypes using profit functions, bio-economic models, systems analysis, multi-trait selection, allele flow techniques and predicted genetic and economic responses.