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Two new bulletins aimed at helping swine breeders develop breeding systems that will enable them to enter the specialty production market are now available through the MSUE Bookstore.


Via: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis, 517-432-1555, ext. 230, 517-242-4753 (cell)

Swine producers can aim for niche markets with help from new MSU Extension publications

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Two new bulletins aimed at helping swine breeders develop breeding systems that will enable them to enter the specialty production market are now available through the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Bookstore.

The first, “Swine Breeding Systems for Alternative Pork Chains: Breeding Programs,” (E-3107) outlines how pork producers can tailor their production management and marketing techniques to targeted markets. It compares various cross-breeding systems, performance expectations and methods of operation.

The six-page publication includes diagrams for two-breed and three-breed rotational programs, as well as explanations of grandparent terminal and rotaterminal breeding systems. Cost for the bulletin is $6.50.

The other publication, “Swine Breeding Systems for Alternative Pork Chains: Breed Options and Use,” (E-3108) provides pork producers with an overview of breed characteristics and explains how various breeds can be crossed to best align with the specifications of niche markets.

This eight-page publication covers sow productivity, growth and carcass merit, meat quality, taste panel evaluation, important genes and gilt replacement programs. Cost for this bulletin is $5.50.

According to MSU swine specialist Ronald Bates, who authored the publications, pork producers can apply this information and get better pigs.

“These bulletins can help pork producers better understand how to use breeds and breed combinations to improve the pigs they produce for alternative markets,” Bates said.

Both publications are available for purchase through the MSUE Bookstore at www.bookstore.msue.msu.edu.

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