New pig breeding programme for China
A Chinese pig programme developed by Hunan Agricultural University has
received approval from national authorities and will now be promoted
The programme, unveiled at Changsha's pig breeding technical seminar and pork
development conference, says to have overcome some worrying problems facing the
The programme targeted issues in pig breeding, including immune systems
reactivity, heat reactivity and Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD).
Less days to market
Besides offering increased disease
resistance in pigs, the programme offers a reduction of days to market from 165
to 135 days while improving meat quality.
The research team has applied
for six patents and received two national patents so far.
The programme, which has been adopted in
18 provinces, has been designated as a priority programme for national
dissemination by the country's Agriculture Department. The department plans to
train 1,000 personnel for the programme.
The personnel would then be sent to technical improvement and feed
development centres to train more than 100,000 pig farmers.
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