Variation in male sexual behavior

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Relaxation of natural selection on sexual performance traits in male ruminants has increased phenotypic variation in these heritable traits. Thus, males with sub-standard sexual performance continue to reproduce. This has created a "dud" phenomenon that is costly to animal agriculture. Identification and culling of these lesser performers at an early age and identification of high performing males are critical management goals that must be addressed, and for which greater research priority is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Reproduction Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Endocrinology


  • Motivation
  • Serving capacity
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual performance

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