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Pig Genetics - an overview

McPhee, C. P. (2001) Pig Genetics - an overview. In: Workshop, ACIAR Project 9423, 'Breeding and Feeding Pigs in Australia and Vietnam, 9-10 July 2001, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.



Over the past 20 years genetic gains of the order of 1% of the mean annually have compounded in growth and body composition traits of pigs. These have been accompanied by mildly unfavourable trends in meat quality traits. Only in the last 10 years has there been a significant improvement in litter size. This has been due to developments in computing power (e.g. BLUP). The use of molecular markers gives hope of accelerated gains but many uncertainties remain as to its real value in future pig improvement programs. These programs will continue to rely heavily on the management of genetic variability (eg. crossbreeding) and the efficient use of breeding values (eg. BLUP).

Project funded by ACIAR

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from Dr. Cameron McPhee, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland, Australia; & The Institute of Agricultural Science, South Vietnam.
Keywords:Pigs; Genetic Improvement systems.
Subjects:Science > Biology > Genetics
Animal culture > Swine
Live Archive:28 Jun 2004
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:47

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