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Can someone please point me in the direction of a good academic article on the following:

What are possible sources of phenotypic variation of different 400 day weights of cattle?

Furthermore how much variation is likely to be due to each contributing source?

I have tried the following searches in google scholar:

  • Phenotypic, genetic, environmental cattle weight
  • Phenotypic variation cattle weight
  • Phenotypic variation
  • Phenotypic variation, genetic
  • genetic variation, dam, sire
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this is a subject that has been well understood by cattle breeders but is not an academic research topic I think. This is not my field, but this article might point you in the right direction… – shigeta Sep 9 '12 at 14:12
Thank you for the comments. – Jamie Iddles Sep 13 '12 at 9:09
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) is a database of genes, inherited disorders and traits in more than 135 animal species (other than human and mouse). At the moment, it has about 400 entries for Bos taurus, mostly disease phenotypes. This is probably the only attempt to exhaustively list such phenotypes.

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