Stress Status

What is the Stress Status of My Pig?

The only way to be sure of the stress status of your pig is to actually test the animal (this is done with a DNA blotter card with a blood or semen sample). Berkshires do print the stress status on the pedigree – if the stress status is known, if you look under the pigs name it will say HAL 1843* nm (negative), mm (carrier) or dm (positive). This known stress status could be from either a test or a negative mating (both parents are stress negative). For more information on the stress gene, read this article - Stressed