Issue 2

Journal for Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology and Biosafety

Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages 29–36

ISSN 2411-3174 (print version) ISSN 2411-0388 (online version)


Fedota O. M. 1, Puzik N. G. 1, Ruban S. Yu. 2, Kolisnyk A. I. 3

1 V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine, e-mail:

2 National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

3 PE ‘Agrofirma Svitanok’, Novoselivka, Ukraine

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Citation for print version: Fedota, O. M., Puzik, N. G., Ruban S. Yu. and Kolisnyk, A. I. (2018) ‘Effect of cow genotype by SNPS L127V/GH, F279Y, A257G/GHR and birth date on calf growth performance of Aberdeen-Angus’, Journal for Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology and Biosafety, 4(2), pp. 29–36.

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Citation for online version: Fedota, O. M., Puzik, N. G., Ruban S. Yu. and Kolisnyk, A. I. (2018) ‘Effect of cow genotype by SNPS L127V/GH, F279Y, A257G/GHR and birth date on calf growth performance of Aberdeen-Angus’, Journal for Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology and Biosafety. [Online] 4(2), pp. 29–36. Available at:

Summary. Our study was aimed to evaluate effect of genetic and non-genetic factors and their combination on calf growth rate in Aberdeen-Angus cattle. There were 52 cows genotyped by SNPs L127V, F279Y, A257G of growth hormone and growth hormone receptor genes. Calves (n = 430) were assessed with average daily gain during milk period (ADG, g/day) and were weighted at birth, at weaning (210 days), 8, 12, 15, and 18 months. SNP genotyping of cows included L127V, F279Y, A257G of GH and GHR genes. The data were analyzed using a multiple regression model and ANOVA. There were strong differences between bulls and heifers for all parameters being at least 1.5–2 kg at birth or 5–8%, 7–10 kg at weaning or 4–6%, 6–11 kg at 8 month or 3–6%, 12–18 (45) kg at 1 year or 4–6% (13%), 15–50 kg at 15 month or 5–16% and 30–80 kg at 18 month or 8–18. The highest birth weight at autumn season for both bulls and heifers and ADG was higher for summer-born calves due to better forage regimen of dams. The calving effect was observed for birth weight slightly decrease from first to later calving presenting difference at least 5–6% for 2nd and 3rd calving then 8–12% — for 4th to last calving for both sexes. The effect of parity stay to be evident for bulls of all ages, the difference between calves slightly decreased. Female calves were significantly affected by calving interval, where longer calving intervals produced heavier newborns and weaners, at least 3 and 30 g/day of CI, accordingly. When evaluating the reproductive and productive performance of breeding cows we should consider effect of season, date of previous calving and actual weaning weight of previous calves either.

Keywords: Aberdeen-Angus breed, SNPs, GH L127V, GHR F279Y, GHR A257G, season effect, parity number, calving interval


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