Abstract

The Meishan seems to offer the best prospect for use in commercial crosses. Levels of heterosis between Meishan and Western crosses are higher than seen in crosses between Western breeds, and this can be exploited in cross-breeding programmes. The most likely route for use is through production of a synthetic between prolific white breeds and Meishan. Figures are presented for one breeding programme that suggest that the Meishan can be used succesfully commercially, with an economic advantage in most markets.
 

J. T Mercer, S. Hoste

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 17. Genetics and breeding of dairy and beef cattle, swine and horses, , 327–334, 1994
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