The Sire Progeny Test remains the most extensive unbiased evaluation of progeny performance available to purebred swine breeders. Currently, twelve different measures of progeny performance are recorded on every pig that completes the testing period. These include evaluations of carcass composition, growth performance, meat quality, and eating quality. These data are compiled and returned to participating breeders for use within their individual breeding or marketing program.
In general, the production goals employed by purebred breeders who utilize the Progeny Test can be characterized as either:
A) mainstream pork production aimed at efficient production of lean product; or
B) production aimed at enhanced eating quality.
2018 ABA Progeny Test Update
The ABA Progeny Test remains the most extensive and unbiased evaluation of progeny performance available to purebred Berkshire swine breeders. Each progeny pen consists of 8 offspring out of one sire with no more than 3 pigs originating from the same litter. Twelve different measurements for growth performance, carcass composition, fresh meat quality, and eating quality traits are then recorded on every pig that completes the test. These data are compiled, analyzed, and returned to participating breeders for use within their individual breeding or marketing programs.
The 2018 ABA Progeny Test will utilize the same testing facility (LFM Labs in Terre Haute, IN) and research collaborators (Purdue University and Iowa State University) as the 2017 ABA Progeny Test. The tentative delivery date for the 2018 Berkshire Progeny Test is set for March 17, 2018, which means that interested breeders should plan their progeny pen matings for January in order to hit the required entry weight range of 30 to 70 lbs.
A $400 entry fee is required for each sire group at the time of entry.
Progeny test entries are due February 1, 2018, and entry forms will be published in future issues of the Breeders Digest. Please contact Matt Ritter (ABA Breed Improvement Chair) at 317-331-2854, if you are interested in entering progeny pens and / or being a sponsor for the test.
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