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AGRIBUSINESS: Pig Production Not Living Up To Genetic Potential

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Optimizing feed may turn to bigger swine and more pork on the market.

Novus International researcher Dr. Jeffery Escobar says pig production globally is not reaching genetic potential- which is costing the industry millions of dollars in lost performance.

According to Escobar despite various improvements in production efficiency - the industry just isn’t capitalizing on the full genetic potential of animals. He says there’s a vast gap between swine performance on a conventional farm and performance in a facility that is more aseptic and perhaps targeted towards research.

Dr. Escobar says the gap also illustrates there is progress that can be made to achieve better performance by improving nutrition, management, environment and all other aspects that contribute to express or repress the genetic potential of animals.