Market demand is driving a rapid growth and intensification of global pig production, that is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Intensification reduces prices to consumers and should reduce transmission to humans of a range of zoonotic diseases, but may risk new or more severe disease of pigs and cause local pollution problems. Opportunities for small-holder production systems are likely to become limited to niche markets for specialty products or possibly as reservoirs of diversity. These will be too limited to support highly managed genetic improvement programs. The focus in these systems will be to avoid inbreeding and maintain current characteristics of the pigs that support their niche market status and conserve their genetic value. The paper considers how the different sectors might interact to benefit all.

John P Gibson, D. E Steane, G. S Plastow, C. Warkup

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 06.12, 2006
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