Small-scale pig keeping: why inbreeding matters

For most breeders, genetic diversity is the key to producing healthy litters and robust examples of future breeding stock. This isn’t simple when the genetic pool to pick from is small, but it is important to get it right.
calendar icon 19 August 2019
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boar and sow mating outdoors on pasture
Table 1
Table 1

Coefficient of inbreeding between related sows and boars, by degree of relatedness

Dr Michaela Giles

Michaela has worked in the livestock health industry as a research scientist since 1985. She is a director of the British Pig Association and is an active member of the British government’s Pig Expert Group. Michaela is also the author of The Commuter Pig Keeper.

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