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Breeds swine for overall animal, not traits

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

A sow, belonging to Tempel Genetics Inc., in Ohio, suckles her young. The company was showing its genetics advances on June 9 at the World Pork Expo.

DES MOINES – The Iowa State Fairgrounds became the international gathering place for all facets of the pork industry last week during the 2010 World Pork Expo.

Educational seminars, free food, entertainment and a tradeshow were the highlights of this year’s expo which ran from June 9-11.

A large part of the pork industry is swine genetics and several representatives were on hand to discuss what their companies are doing to provide an all-around top producing animal.

One particular company that was being represented at the World Pork Expo was Tempel Genetics Inc., a leading, full line seed stock and semen supplier based in southern Indiana.

Valerie Duttlinger, genetics coordinator for Tempel Genetics said that her father, Bill Tempel, started the company 35 years ago.

”He saw a need in our area to produce a quality F1 product and the business grew from there,” said Duttlinger

Tempel Genetics has grown from a regional to an international company.

The company’s production units include a large, genetically potent nucleus herd anchoring a well monitored multiplier system.

According to the company, they offer high health Tempel Genetics F-1 replacement gilts. Boars, both pure and terminal lines, are produced in the main nucleus. Genetic evaluation programs, they said, help them to document superior maternal and terminal lines of breeding stock. They are also well known for well established supplier of high-health, highly productive breeding stock. Their YxL females, the company claims are noted for their superior sow capabilities.

”We strive for a complete, user friendly animal that helps meets the demands of the meat packer and the consumer,” said Duttlinger. ”We have chosen not to focus on a single trait like born alive, but on all traits so that our animals are strong in all areas.”

Areas include, born alive, numbers weaned, growth, feed efficiency and cut ability, she said.

Duttlinger said these genetics are created through a multi-trait selection, working off of an index of combined traits and not a single trait.

A lot has changed in the area of genetics in swine, Duttlinger said, just within the last decade.

”A decade ago, there wasn’t a lot being done in the area of DNA. Now, many decisions are made based on DNA markers,” she said.

So what does the future of genetics in swine hold?

”The future in swine genetics is unlimited,” said Duttlinger. ”As more work is done on the swine genome, it will be exciting to see how things change in the genetics field.”

Duttlinger said they have been attending the World Pork Expo for many years, and find it a very beneficial show for their company.

”The expo gives us a chance to interact with current clients, as well as put our face in front of potential clients,” she said.

Contact Kriss Nelson at jknelson@frontiernet.net.

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