Pork production improvement expected from the use of new genetic markers

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2008-10-01
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Stalder, Ken
Rothschild, Max
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Breeders have been using gene markers since the 1990s to remove genes known to negative ly impact pork pro d u c t i on. Genes like the porcine stress syn d rome (HAL) and the NAPOLE gene (RN-) have been identified and are common ly selected against in most breeding herds so the deleterious genes are removed from their herds. In this manner com m e rcial pork producers do not h a ve to address these genes in their breeding herds because their genetic supplier has already managed the genes for them.

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This article is published as Stalder, K., and M. Rothschild. 2008. Pork production improvement expected from the use of new markers. Western Hog Journal, Alberta Pork, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 30(2):33-35. Posted with permission.

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