This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 772787.

Peer-reviewed publications

Scientific publications peer-reviewed


  • Association Study of Parasite Resistance to Gastrointestinal Nematodes in Corriedale Sheep. Carracelas, E.A. Navajas, B. Vera, G. Ciappesoni. Genes, 13 (9), 1548, August 2022, pp. 1-16.
  • SNP arrays evaluation as tools in genetic improvement in Corriedale sheep in Uruguay. Carracelas, E.A. Navajas, B. Vera, G. Ciappesoni. Agrociencia Uruguay, Vol. 26 n. 2, August 2022, pp. 1-13.
  • High genetic correlation for milk yield across Manech and Latxa dairy sheep from France and Spain. A. Garcia-Baccino, C. Pineda-Quiroga, J. M. Astruc, E. Ugarte, and A. Legarra. JDS Communication, Vol. 3 Issue 4, July 2022, pp. 260-264.
  • Single- and multiple-breed genomic evaluations for conformation traits in Canadian Alpine and Saanen dairy goats. Massender, L. F. Brito, L. Maignel, H. R. Oliveira, M. Jafarikia, C. F. Baes, B. Sullivan, F.S. Schenkel. Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 105, issue 7, July 2022, pp. 5985-6000.
  • Repeatability of health and welfare traits and correlation with performance traits in dairy goats reared under low-input farming systems. Vouraki, A.I. Gelasakis, V. Fotiadou, G. Banos, G. Arsenos. Veterinary Sciences 9 (6) 289, June 2022, pp. 1-15.
  • Residual feed intake for Australian Merino sheep estimated in less than 42 days of trial. F. Amarilho-Silveira, I. de Barbieri, J. Araujo Cobucia, C. Marques Balconi, G. Ferreira de Ferreira, G. Ciappesoni. Livestock Science, Vol. 258, April 2022, pp. 1-12.
  • Single-Step Genomic Evaluation for Milk Production Traits in Canadian Alpine and Saanen Dairy Goats. Massender, L. F. Brito, L. Maignel, H. R. Oliveira, M. Jafarikia, C. F. Baes, B. Sullivan, F.S. Schenkel. Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 105, issue. 3, March 2022, pp. 2393-2407.
  • Selection on functional longevity in a commercial population of dairy goats translates into significant differences in longevity in a common farm environment. M. Ithurbide, C. Huau, I. Palhière, T. Fassier, N.C. Friggens, R. Rupp. Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 105, n. 3, March 2022.


  • The correlation of substitution effects accross populations and generations in the presence of non-additive functional gene action. Legarra, C. A. Garcia-Baccino, Y. C.J. Wientjes, Z. G. Vitezica. Genetics, August 2021.
  • Livestock disease resilience: From individual to herd level. A. Doeschl-Wilson, P.W. Knap, T. Opriessnig, S.J. More. Animal Vol. 15, Issue 7, July 2021.
  • The value of genomic relationship matrices for estimating inbreeding. Villanueva, A. Fernández, M. Saura, A. Caballero, J. Fernández, E. Morales-González, M. A. Toro, R. Pong-Wong. Genetics Selection Evolution, 53, Article n. 42, May 2021.
  • Islands of runs of homozygosity indicate selection signatures in Ovis aries 6 (OAR6) of French dairy sheep. Rodríguez-Ramilo, A. Reverter, A. Legarra. JDS Communication, Vol. 2 Issue 3, May 2021, pp. 132-136.
  • Identification of homozygous haplotypes carrying putative recessive lethal mutations that compromise fertility traits in French Lacaune dairy sheep. M. Ben Braiek, S. Fabre, C. Hoze, J.M. Astruc, C. Moreno-Romieux. Genetics Selection Evolution, 53, Article n. 41, May 2021.
  • Changes in allele frequencies when different genomic coancestry matrices are used for maintaining genetic diversity. E. Morales-González, J. Fernández, R. Pong-Wong, M.A. Toro, B. Villanueva. Genes, 12(5), 673, April 2021.
  • Feed conversion efficiency in sheep genetically selected for resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes. F. Ferreira, G. Ciappesoni, D. Castells, F. Amarilho-Silveira, E. A. Navajas, D. Giorello, G. Banchero and I. De Barbieri. Animal Production Science, Vol. 61(8), March 2021, pp. 754-760.
  • Genomic and pedigree estimation of inbreeding depression for semen traits in the Basco-Béarnaise dairy sheep breed. Antonios, S.T. Rodríguez-Ramilo, I. Aguilar, J.M. Astruc, A.Legarra, Z.G. Vitezica. Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 104, n. 3, March 2021.
  • The levels of artificial insemination and missing sire information make genomic selection not always beneficial in meat sheep. Raoul, J.M. Elsen. Animal Vol. 15, Issue 2, February 2021, pp. 899-909.
  • Selection and drift reduce genetic variation for milk yield in Manech Tête Rousse dairy sheep. F. L. Macedo, O. F. Christensen, A. Legarra. JDS Communication, Vol. 2 Issue 1, January 2021, pp. 31-34.
  • Detection of unrecorded environmental challenges in high-frequency recorded traits, and genetic determinism of resilience to challenge, with an application on feed intake in lambs. A. Garcia-Baccino, C. M. Etancelin, F. Tortereau, D. Marcon, J.L. Weisbecker, A. Legarra.Genetics Selection Evolution, 53, Article n. 4, January 2021.


  • Potentials of using milk performance data and FAMACHA score as indicators for Targeted Selective Treatment in Lacaune dairy sheep in Switzerland. Schwarz, B, Bapst, M. Holinger, S. Thüer, I, Schleip, S. Werne. Veterinary Parasitology: X, Vol. 4, December 2020.
  • Why breed disease-resilient livestock, and how? P.W. Knap, A. Doeschl-Wilson. Genetics Selection Evolution, 52. Article n. 60. October 2020.
  • Theoretical and empirical comparisons of expected and realized relationships for the X-chromosome. Druet and A. Legarra. Genetics Selection Evolution, Vol. 52, Article n. 50, August 2020.
  • Exploring the inclusion of genomic information and metafounders in Latxa dairy sheep genetic evaluations. I. Granado-Tajada, Legarra and E. Ugarte. Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 103, n. 7, July 2020.
  • Genetic analyses of live weight and carcass composition traits in purebred Texel, Suffolk and Charollais lambs. Fitzmaurice, J. Conington, N. Fetherstone, T. Pabiou, K. McDermott, E. Wall, G. Banos, N. McHugh. Animal Vol. 14, Issue 5, May 2020, pp. 899-909.
  • Genetic and nongenetic factors associated with the fate of maiden ewe lambs: slaughtered without ever lambing versus retained for breeding. Mchugh, T. Pabiou, K. Mcdermott, E. Wall, D. P. Berry. Translational Animal Science, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2020, 242-249.


  • Behavior of the Linear Regression method to estimate bias and accuracies with correct and incorrect genetic evaluation models. L. Macedo, A. Reverter, and A. Legarra. Journal of Dairy Science, 2019.
  • Genetic and genomic studies in ovine mastitis. Oget, G. Tosser-Klopp, R. Rupp. Small Ruminants Research, Elsevier. Vol. 176, July 2019, Pages 55-64.
  • Inbreeding and effective population size in French dairy sheep: Comparison between genomic and pedigree estimates. T. Rodríguez-Ramilo, J. M. Elsen, and A. Legarra. Journal of Dairy Science, May 2019, Volume 102, Issue 5, Pages 4227–4237. (open archive)