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  • 28 November 2018

Genetic screening of hogs saves producers even more than previously estimated

New research suggests significant savings to pork producers from screeing boars for a genetic abnormality that causes prenatal piglet death and smaller litters 

When the test for chromosome translocation in Canada was developed five years ago at the University of Guelph by professor Allan King and his team, the savings were estimated at about 3:1.

But new research, in a report by Claudia Schmidt and Al Mussell at Guelph’s Agri-Food Economic Systems, estimates that the benefit-cost ratio is actually over 5:1. 

This translates to nearly $7500 in a 500-sow herd.


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