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Among several of our Nordic farm animal breeds, there are so few individuals left that we risk both inbreeding and loss of valuable genetic diversity, if we’re not careful when breeding new animals. Modern breeding programs that use advanced statistical and molecular genetic methods and technologies give good results in genetic traits, but risk increasing inbreeding problems. This has led to an increase in the need for tools that monitor and control the risk of inbreeding in a population.
NordGen has therefore developed the EVA software program that monitors inbreeding risks and gives breeding recommendations. With an optimal balance of inbreeding and genetic advancement, EVA gives you the opportunity to make long-term and sustainable breeding decisions, no matter how large the population is and how it is structured. EVA has been used and tested successfully in both commercial and threatened populations in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
To use EVA, you need reliable and consistent pedigree information. In most cases, a standard desktop computer has sufficient capacity to run EVA, with the exception of very large populations.
EVA is available for free for Windows, Linux and Mac and can be downloaded below:
Line Sass Kierkegaard
Advisor NordGen Farm Animals
+47 41 34 82 73
You can also subscribe to newsletters from NordGen Farm Animals to be certain not to miss out on any updates concerning EVA.
To quote EVA in scientific articles, please write as follows:
Berg P., Nielsen J. and Sørensen M.K. 2006. EVA: Realized and predicted optimal genetic contributions. CD communication 27-09, 2pp. WCGALP, 2006, s.246.