Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Mar 05, 2013
I worked at Swine Genetics International for a year before transferring to another job in the pork industry. I enjoyed my time working with SGI and worked with several breeds of boars, but mostly with Berkshires, Durocs, and Chester Whites in my particular barn.
I was very taken with the Berkshire boars that I worked with as they where very easy going and hardy. I only had experience with two that were slightly aggressive although they were in another barn and handled a little differently that the boars in the other barns.
Their breed is very well known for their Meat Quality and in general are not regarded for their growth rate or litter size, but there are plenty exceptions to the rules in good breeding programs. I also attended Iowa State University which was known to have an exceptional Berkshire breeding program in which they excelled in the show ring and in the sale ring.