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).
Europeans may have to pay more for barbecues this summer as African swine fever decimates hog herds around the world. Producers in the European Union are the big winners, with sales to China climbing 43% through May.
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.