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on June 24, 2009

Boar quality assurance test from ACMC

A tag proves the animal has been performance tested and chosen.

ACMC has introduced a boar quality assurance test to address issues of quality and libido, relating to artificial insemination, according to a news report.

The "jump-tests" for semen collection carried out on boars when they reach sexual maturity at six months, ranks them for libido on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being an "Excellent Worker." The semen sample is tested for viability using the BPEX standard, after which a "Boar Quality Test Certificate" is issued.

The tag proves the animal has been performance tested and chosen on the basis of the ACMC's sire-line selection index, which gives 40% weightage to daily liveweight gain, 20% to feed conversion, 20% to back fat and 20% to muscle depth. 

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