Study highlights benefits of balanced breeding programmes
23rd Oct 2023 / By Alistair Driver
A new peer-reviewed study has underlined the contribution of balanced farm animal breeding programmes in delivering combined benefits in terms of food production, animal welfare and environmental impact.
Published in the journal Frontiers in Animal Science, the study examines long-term trends in commercial pig breeding since the early 2000s.
The results demonstrate that more balanced pig breeding policies introduced over the past 20-30 years have been successful in increasing litter size, while simultaneously increasing piglet birth weights and piglet survival rates.