Breeding stock company works to remove boar taint

TOPIGS is starting to breed sow lines that produce offspring with less boar taint. FULL STORY »

Genus acquires Génétiporc

Genus plc has acquired Génétiporc, the swine genetic business of Aliments Breton Foods Group. The purchase represents strategic growth and development of Genus. FULL STORY »

Abell joins Danbred North America genetics team

Caitlyn Abell has joined Danbred North America as a research geneticist. She completed her doctorate with co-majors in animal breeding and genetics and statistics from Iowa State University. FULL STORY »

Swine AI training deadline approaching

Artificial Insemination in Swine Production will be April 12-13 at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Minn. FULL STORY »

Swine genome research links importance to human health

The first complete sequence of the pig genome by an international team of researchers, including Iowa State University (Iowa State) animal scientists has provided a genetic comparison of the domesticated pig and its wild cousins and offers clues to how the animal evolved. It also promises to expand the ways pigs are used in human health and medical research FULL STORY »

Alltech explores interactions between genetics and nutrition

It is often said that we feed our livestock better than we feed ourselves. Those words may now ring a little truer on many farms across the United States. Alltech, a global leader in animal health and nutrition, recently launched a series of new species solution programs aimed at helping animals reach their full genetic potential. FULL STORY »

JSR expands franchise into China

JSR has strengthened its swine genetics position in China by signing a franchise deal with Tianjin Bo Hui Rui Kang Livestock Breeding Ltd based in the Jinnan district of Tianjin in Northern China. It will establish a nucleus herd in the Tianjin region following the delivery of the first animals planned for May 2013. FULL STORY »

FAO reports progress on livestock genetic diversity

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says indigenous livestock breeds are critical to helping feed the world's poor, and the rate of extinction of those breeds has been called alarming. However, the FAO reports progress on the global efforts to stop the decline of genetic diversity. FULL STORY »

Management of parity groups promotes herd profitability

Second-parity sows are prone to what’s often referred to as a “sophomore slump”. Proper nutrition strategies help prevent this potential slump in future production and keep young sows in the herd longer. FULL STORY »

Gene mapping food-borne pathogens

Germ detectives soon will have a powerful new tool for their investigations into food-borne illnesses. Over the next five years, scientists plan to build a genomic database of 100,000 microorganisms to aid in diagnosis of food-borne sickness and to help track pathogens to their source. FULL STORY »

Sow productivity takes a dip

One of the surprising numbers in USDA’s June Hogs & Pigs Report was found in the pigs per litter category for the second quarter. While pork producers saved 0.6 percent more pigs per litter, previous trends had that number near 1.5 percent and beyond. FULL STORY »

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