A microcomputer simulation program for beef cattle selection used at the senior level of instruction in animal breeding can be an effective teaching aid of breeding concepts. The program COWGAME, was used in an Animal Breeding and Genetics course at Louisiana State University. This cow-calf selection program allowed students to observe genetic changes as a result of selection practices. Results obtained from a student evaluation of the program and assignment suggest that the program created or increased an interest, understanding, application, and knowledge of breeding principles and practices. Overall student ratings indicate this teaching aid provided a positive learning experience.



COWGAME, computer simulation program, animal breeding, animal genetics

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