To get an accurate picture of what's happening in the pork industry you must look at the North American swine breeding herd
. That's because nearly 10% of the hogs processed in the U.S.
Steward Houston, chairman of Bpex, said: "The rise in sow cullings can only mean that farmers are reducing their breeding herds
because of high feed costs.
"Keeping separate breeding herds
would be costly for producers.
"Beef and pork producers have been reducing the breeding herds
for some time following ever-rising feed costs and the resulting margin squeeze.
A third of British pig- breeding herds
are kept outdoors; the remainder are indoors, and the sows are allowed to move about freely on straw.
``In many ways the Welsh Black is an ideal candidate,but as there are one or two breeding herds
outside Wales,an application for the breed is unlikely to succeed.
In all of these ventures it is the tried and tested African Boerbok that sets the standard for stud as well as breeding herds
. And Theuns Coetzee is the recognised expert.
Recent MLC costings confirm that the average hill calf breeder spent pounds 95 out of his pounds 182 cow/calf subsidy putting the calf on the market, while figures for lowland breeding herds
reveal that just pounds 18 was left out of a pounds 158 subsidy cheque after each calf was sold.
* All beef breeding herds
and any other breeding cattle which do not contribute to bulk milk samples, are blood tested every two years.
The Chobe River flows along the northeastern border of the Chobe National Park, known for the large breeding herds
of elephants, giraffe, sable and African buffalo, which make it a major tourist attraction in Southern Africa.
FAO helped pastoralists in the Horn of Africa to protect their core breeding herds
, which in turn allowed them to keep their children healthy and in school -- an important investment in their future.