Breeding and Genetics

Heritability and Correlation Estimates of Carcass Data from Angus-Sired Steers

  • Jennifer A. Minick (Iowa State University)
  • Doyle E. Wilson (Iowa State University)
  • M. E. Dikeman (Kansas State University)
  • E. J. Pollak (Cornell University)


Carcass data including Warner-Bratzler shear force, marbling score, hot carcass weight, 12-13th rib fat, and ribeye area from 589 Angus-sired steers in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Carcass Merit Project were analyzed to estimate heritabilities and genetic correlations. Genetic parameters were estimated using the sire/maternal-grandsire model with the relationship matrix. The heritabilities for tenderness, marbling, hot carcass weight, ribeye area and rib fat were .25, .29, .79, .59, and .07, respectively.

Keywords: ASL R1738

How to Cite:

Minick, J. A., Wilson, D. E., Dikeman, M. E. & Pollak, E. J., (2002) “Heritability and Correlation Estimates of Carcass Data from Angus-Sired Steers”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2002
Peer Reviewed