Department of Animal Science


Date of this Version

January 1978


Published in J Dairy Sci 1978, 61: 1521-1528. Copyright © 1978 The American Dairy Science Association. Used by permission.


The literature on genetics of dairy goats was reviewed to point out not only world wide research but also the need for research in the United States to achieve the goal of uniform national genetic evaluations similar to those now available for dairy cattle. The number of breeds studied and the variety of research are remarkable. The numbers of animals and records involved in most studies, however, suggest large sampling variances of estimates.