Pig breeding South Africa | Landrace pigs South Africa | Large White pigs South Africa | F1 sow
Using three breeds (terminal cross) “The   commercial   pig   producer   must   decide   where   to   buy   his   breeding   stock   and   what   his   replacement   rate   per   year   will   be.      The latter   is   necessary   in   order   to   maintain   the   most   efficient   age   structure   in   the   herd.      The   advantage   of   this   system   lies   in   its simplicity.      The   F1   gilts   benefit   from   the   fact   that   they   are   hybrid   and   as   a   rule   outperform   purebreds   particularly   with   regard   to maternal   traits.      The   introduction   of   a   third   pig   breed   and   terminal   sire   line   in   this   breeding   programme   enhances   the   further exploitation   of   heterosis.      This   breeding   plan   is   most   commonly   practiced   in   South Africa   and   probably   worldwide.      However   from a practical point of view the following aspects require consideration: The   need   to   budget   well   and   accurately   in   order   to   receive   and   pay   for   the   supply   of   replacement   stock   at   regular intervals. The   introduction   of   breeding   stock   from   outside   increases   the   health   risk   in   the   herd   and   could   also   lead   to   additional problems.  Special attention should be paid to bio-security and health. In   essence   the   genetic   supplier   provides   the   ingredients   (F1   -   gilts   and   terminal   semen),   the   management   and   nutritional guidelines, protocols and back-up service, and the commercial producer follows the recipe to produce lean pork meat.” Excerpt:  Modern Pig Production
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Large White Pig Breed in South Africa
Landrace Pig Breed in South Africa
Duroc Pig Breed in South Africa
“The Duroc pig breed produces meat of a higher quality than most of the other pig breeds. Durocs pigs are known to be a superior genetic source for improving eating qualities of pork. Their   advantage   in   muscle   quality   combined   with   their   well-established   ability   to   grow   fast,   have   positioned   the Duroc pig breed as an outstanding terminal sire of choice. Because of the marbling or intramuscular fat, the meat has more taste and is more tender. The Japanese and Asian markets have for many years put a high premium on the quality of Duroc meat. The meat is slightly darker in colour and has a slightly higher pH. The back fat is marginally higher as well. Pork with 50% or more Duroc genes in the end product, is regarded as an excellent meat for the production of bacon. Also,   because   of   its   versatility,   its   use   in   fresh   meat   production   is   proving   to   be   extremely   popular   -   from   bacon   and salami to sausage and fine cuisine. The Duroc’s drip loss and cook loss is low when compared to commodity genetics. Many   European   countries   have   tried   other   rare   breeds   but   these   animals   did   not   have   the   same   effect   on   meat quality. Moreover, the carcass of the Duroc pig breed yields a higher amount of consumable protein.” - Mr Hennie Cronjé / Excerpt - FootPrints of Alliance Genetics South Africa / Volume 2
The   South   African   Landrace   pig   breed,   as   their   counterparts   in   other   continents   of   the   world,   is   also   renowned   as   a foundation mother pig breed. With   high   fertility   rates   the   South African   Landrace   pig   breed   can   produce   these   days   easily   up   to   18   -   21   piglets   born alive, per litter. The South African Landrace sows are renowned for their femininity, docility, milkability and mothering ability. This pig breed (South African Landrace pig breed) is moderate performers in terms of production and growth rates. They   (South   African   Landrace   pig   breed)   are   capable   of   producing   consistent   large   litters   over   their   lifetime   - sometimes up to 10 - 12 litters.
The   Large   White   pig   breed,   originating   in   England,   with   a   sturdy   balanced   and   appealing   appearance,   has   developed   into the most prominent purebred pig breed in South Africa and is also the leading pig breed in the world. The   Yorkshire   breeds   in   the   USA   and   Canada   as   well   as   the   Chester   White   pig   breed   are   all   desendants   of   the   original Large White pig breed. The   Large   White   pig   breed   is   regarded   as   the   ultimate   dual   purpose   animal,   but   is   also   the   other   foundation   pig   breed for the production of the classical F1-crossbred sow. They   (the   Large   White   pig   breed)   produce   large   healthy   litters,   are   good   and   protective   mothers   and   produce   offspring with great performance in terms of growth rate and feed efficiency. The Large White pig breed can, just as the Landrace pig breed, produce up to 18 - 20 piglets born alive, per litter.
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