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August 23, 1996

Swine breeding technology key to efficiency, profit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A panel of pre-eminent Indiana pork producers will discuss the pluses and minuses of modern swine breeding technology at Purdue University Swine Day on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Purdue Animal Sciences Research Center near Montmorenci.

Adoption of artificial insemination technology has increased from 1 percent of pork operations in 1990 to an estimated 25 percent in 1996. Packer demand for lean pork, increased awareness of the importance of swine genetics, and cost benefits have fueled the rise in interest and adoption, said Al Sutton, swine specialist with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Swine Day chairman.

An on-farm semen collection program, a purchased semen program, and a custom boar housing and collection program will be discussed. Kirk Caldwell of Russiaville, Don Hoeing of Rushville and Dave Walter of Huntington will share the successes and difficulties with their programs and explain how specific artificial insemination programs have improved their operations.

The panel will be part of an afternoon program beginning at 12:50 p.m. The morning program begins at 9:15 a.m. and focuses on new diets and genetic differences influencing pork quality. Commercial exhibits will be staffed throughout the event.

Swine Day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 29 with coffee and donuts, and lunch will be available for $6. There is no registration fee, but a Swine Day booklet can be purchased for $3. The booklet will include a detailed summary of the day's events, plus additional studies conducted by Purdue researchers during the past year.

The Animal Sciences Research Center is on Tippecanoe County Road 500 North, one mile north and one mile east of the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 231.

CONTACT: Sutton, (765) 494-8012; e-mail;,; World Wide Web,