Non-genetic causes of the heterogeneity of variance in milk yield among Holstein-Friesian Herds in Kenya
Olukoye, G A
Mosi, R O
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Lactation records of Holstein- Friesian cows in Kenya made during the period 1968 to 1984 were analyzed for the cases of heterogeneity of variance in milk yield among herds using a fixed effect least squares model. Year, herd, herd class, parity, calving interval and lactation length all influenced milk yields significantly (p<0.01), while season of calving didn't (p>0.05). age at calving affected 305 days milk yields significantly ( P<0.005). it was concluded that adjustment of records for these non-genetic effects could minimize heterogeneity of variance in milk yield among Holstein-Friesian herds in Kenya.