A new genome editing method is creating swine that remain in a pre-pubertal state, thus eliminating the need for surgical castration, according to a release from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).
Genomic editing technology such as CRISPR/Cas9 offers tremendous potential for accelerating genetic progress, but a new ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) appears likely to stifle research and development.
Each year, the Illinois Pork Producers Association honors a pork producing family who has contributed to the long-term success of the industry through leadership and pork promotion on the local and state levels.
From the evolution of genetic performance and the improvement of phenotypic preferences, to the initiation of youth involvement and education, raising purebred hogs today looks very different from what it used to.
U.S. farmers are caught in the middle of a tug of war between USDA and FDA over which agency has authority over genetic editing in livestock, allowing competitors to move ahead in the race to utilize this new technology.