AI the key to getting pig production up to speed

UK Improving the number of pigs reared a sow a year is still one of the key goals of the UK pig industry, despite a two-pig-a-sow increase in the last two years.
calendar icon 15 May 2006
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British Pig Executive chief executive Mick Sloyan told visitors to this week's Pig and Poultry Fair, Stoneleigh that, with the UK still lagging 2-3pigs/sow a year behind much of the EU, there was still plenty of improvement to make.

One of the main pillars of this improvement can come from improved breeding performance and in particular improved AI success rate, he said.

"Many farmers have made a move into AI following the movement restrictions imposed during the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001.

But some have had insufficient training in AI technique and as such are failing to make best use of the available genetics."

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