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Heritability Estimates for Various Production Traits

By Dr. An Peischel @ 2001

Low Heritability (10-20%)

Moderate Heritability (25-45%)

High Heritability (50-70%)


Trait(s)

Heritability %

Birth Interval

5 - 10%

Birth Weight

30 - 40%

Number Born

15%

Motherability

40%

Weaning Weight

20 - 30%

Yearling Weight

40%

Mature Weight

65%

Milk Yield

25%

Milk Fat %

55%

Milk Protein%

50%

Udder Support

20%

Teat Placement

30%

Feed Conversion

40%

Stature (conformation & Frame)

45 - 50%

Rear Legs

15%

Wither Height

40%

Cannon Bone Circumference

45%

Carcass weight

45 - 50%

Quality Grade

40%

Fat Depth

40 - 45%

Ribeye (loin) area

40 - 45%

Cutability %

25 - 30%

Muscling

40 - 45%

Temperament

25%

Scrotal Circumference

50%