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An article by AGBU PhD student, Sarita Guy, on Breeding Focus 2016 and the Pig Genetics Workshop has been published in the Australian Pork Newspaper.

AGBU has just hosted Breeding Focus 2016 Improving Welfare. Discussions covered cattle, sheep, pigs, ethics and crocodiles. Have a look at photos and comments on our facebook and twitter links.

Breeding Focus 2014: Improving Resilience
This industry workshop was held at the end of October 2014 and provided a discussion forum for over 40 scientists, breeders and representatives from the livestock and aquaculture industries.

The topics presented at the workshop have been published as a book “Breeding Focus 2014 – Improving resilience” which can be purchased from AGBU. Abstracts of the papers are available as a pdf and individual papers can also be downloaded.



Selection for improved market value of pig carcases

Contact: Susanne Hermesch

Market value of pig carcases is improved by increasing weight in more valuable cuts. Mérour and Hermesch (2008) found that returns per pig (2008 prices) of the top 10% group was $7 (farm gate level) or $21 (wholesale/retail level) higher in comparison to the average group based on weight differences in the middle, back leg and shoulder.      ... read more

Genetic parameters for weight of primal cuts and other performance, carcase and meat quality traits have been estimated for the French national data base while Isabelle Mérour from the Institute du Porc was on sabbatical at AGBU.      ... read more

Genetic analysis of feed intake of sows during lactation

Feed intake of sows is heritable and 5-day measures of feed intake during lactation have been proposed.      ... read more

To find out about previous pig research at AGBU click here