Pig breeding South Africa | Landrace pigs South Africa | Pigs South Africa | Pig farming South Africa
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
Large White pigs South Africa | Pigs South Africa Landrace Pig Breed in South Africa Duroc pigs 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.
Juventis/Juventis GeneTrade focuses on the genetic selection of high quality breeding animals from the Duroc, Landrace and Large White pig breeds (as well as F1 breeding animals) in South Africa.
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