A.M.B.A Advisory Council
The management of the American Meishan Breeders Association would like to give special thanks to the following people who have generously donated their time and expertise to assisting in the effort to craft a strategy to preserve the Meishan breed in the United States and North America. While the A.M.B.A. has drawn on many sources throughout this process these individuals have been especially helpful in either, acting as a sounding board for potential strategies, providing insight into the history of Meishans in the U.S. and/or providing feedback on the concepts which are the foundation of the A.M.B.A. As this process moves forward the A.M.B.A. will continue to seek their input and continues to be grateful for their commitment to Meishan genetic preservation
Dr. Max F Rothschild: C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in
Agriculture and Life Sciences; M.E. Ensminger Chair in International
Animal Agriculture, Iowa State University.
Dr. Rothschild was deeply involved in the original 1989 negotiations and
importation of the original 99 Meishan pigs from China. He has
researched the breed extensively resulting in several advancements in
the understanding and mapping of swine genetics. In addition Dr.
Rothschild is one of the few people to have personally seen all three
of the modern exportations of Meishans from China (France, England and
the United States).
Steve Kerns: President International Boar Semen. Managing Director Multigene USA LLC , President Kerns Farm Corp.
Steve has been in the swine seed stock business for over 45 years. He has a wide range of knowledge of pork production, both in commodity and niche markets, meat quality and swine genetics. He has consulted commercial and purebred producers around the globe. He is active in several boards and committees, including as a member of ,the board of directors of The Livestock Conservancy , the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Iowa State University’s Animal Science and Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s, VDPAM and currently serves as a member of the board of directors of The Livestock Conservancy . Steve is very familiar with the Meishan Breed having obtained several Meishans .from the dispersal of the Iowa State herd. Today IBS maintains and sells Foundation level Meishan semen for artificial insemination. Steves experience with pure Meishan pigs and his commitment to maintaining heritage swine genetics has been a tremendous asset to the A.M.B.A
In addition the A.M.B.A. is deeply indebted to several geneticists at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay NE. and the USDA Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Unit in Fort Collin CO. for their insights and contributions to this effort. We are also grateful to the staff and personnel in the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences for their willingness to provide assistance in compiling an accurate history of the Meishan breed in the United States