Analysis of Ten Generations of Selection for Residual Feed Intake in Yorkshire Pigs
Ten generations (G) of divergent selection for residual feed intake (RFI) was practiced in Yorkshire pigs. This study shows that feed efficiency based on RFI was moderately heritable and responded to selection. Pigs selected for increased feed efficiency from the low RFI line ate less, grew slightly slower, and were leaner than pigs from the high RFI line. Thus, the results of this study show that selection for decreased RFI can improve feed efficiency and can be included in an economic selection index in addition to growth for reducing feed cost.