Breeding Value Estimation for Animal Breeding Programs


Breeding value estimation for Animal Breeding Programs using pedigree and genomic relationships

Product information

MiXBLUP is a modern genetic evaluation system for all breeding organizations. It estimates genetic merit of individuals using observations and family relationships, given the components of variance. MiXBLUP offers the potential to accelerate genetic progress in your breeding population. MiXBLUP is easy to use, fast, suitable for simultaneous analysis of a large number of traits and able to fit complex models. It supports both pedigree and genomic relationships between individuals.


The MiXBLUP software can be downloaded from this website. MiXBLUP only works with a license, which can be ordered on this website.
A 30-days free trial license is available for evaluation purposes. A trial license allows you to do a full run, regardless of the number of equations, to be able to evaluate its performance, but the output contains only the first 1,000 solutions.
A commercial license is available for routine use. A small license at reduced cost is available for breeders with a relatively small population and pedigree relationships only. For large evaluations or the use of genomic relationships, a full license is required.


MiXBLUP allows you to use sophisticated models in estimation of breeding values for all animal species i.e. cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, horses and fish. MiXBLUP uses a fast, state-of-the-art solving algorithm. This ensures fast computation of estimated breeding values even if your evaluation model is complex and your animal population is large. MiXBLUP can be used in practice for modern applications, such as random regression models, social interaction models, gene and marker assisted genetic evaluation and the use of pedigree and genomic relationships.


MiXBLUP is developed by scientists of LUKE National Resources Institute Finland and the Animal Breeding & Genomics Centre of Wageningen UR Livestock Research in the Netherlands.
MiXBLUP is currently used for routine evaluation of breeding populations of dairy cattle, beef cattle, pigs, layers, dairy goats, sheep and dogs.


The user license includes support for installing the software and for software related problems. Extensive documentation on MiXBLUP is available on this site. For an additional service fee also individual support is available for issues related to setting up models.

Features MiXBLUP

  • Fast
  • Complex models are accessible for relatively inexperienced users
  • Suits all animal species
  • Handles large populations
  • Handles at least 63 traits in one run
  • Combines genotypic and phenotypic data
  • Has a user friendly interface
  • Is not limited by other software
  • Runs on Linux and Windows platforms
  • Includes professional support

Output MiXBLUP

  • Estimated breeding values
  • Reliabilities for the estimated breeding values (based on method of Tier and Meyer 2004)
  • Solutions for all effects in the model

Possibilities MiXBLUP

  • Data and pedigree may contain numerical as well as alphanumerical data
  • All common formats of genomic information are supported
  • Large datasets
  • Unlimited number of traits
  • Unlimited number of fixed and random effects
  • Animal model with unknown parents or phantom parent groups
  • Indirect genetic effects can be fitted: e.g. maternal genetic effects
  • Random regression models
  • Social interaction models
  • QTL-effects taken into account, also possible with IBD-matrix
  • Approximated reliabilities