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The A.M.B.A. and COI…Is it a tool or a goal?

There is an old joke among farmers. The newbie farmer asks the grizzled veteran farmer:  “What is the difference between line breeding and inbreeding?”. To which the grizzled veteran farmer replies “Line breeding is when I do it. Inbreeding is when you do it.” In all animal husbandry (including the breeding of livestock) one of[…]

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American Meishan Breeders Association- A Progress Report

It is always valuable in any new endeavor to pause and take stock of the progress made.  As we enter the summer of  2018 I think it’s a good time to review the growth ,success’s and the work still required of the American Meishan Breeders Association. To frame our progress it is important to remember[…]

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The Jobs Not Over Until the Paperwork’s Done!

  This is more of a housekeeping post today. As the effort to preserve and document the genetics of the Meishan breed continues we are constantly adapting to the needs of the breed.And in some cases to the needs of our IT people and the instructions of our trademark attorney.   Transferring Ownership of Registered Piglets:[…]

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Feeding Meishans for Growth

Just How fast do they grow? When discussing heritage or non commercial breed hogs there is no hot button topic like growth rates . And especially when discussing Meishans this seems to be a lively topic even among A.M.B.A. members. And there is no doubt that different feeding and nutrition profiles seem  produce wildly different[…]

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How Big? How Fast? How Many?

 There are three important questions whose answers will definitely impact the future of the Meishan breed and the work of this organization and its breeders.  They are as follows. 1. How Big? That is what is the expected size of a genetically healthy and  pure adult Meishan? 2. How fast? What is the expected growth[…]

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The First Candle on The Cake

I would like to welcome everybody, members and non members, to the initial edition of “The Presidents Desk”. This shall serve as a way to keep our members and non-member followers of the Meishan breed apprised of our progress as we work towards our goals as defined in our mission statement. The American Meishan Breeders[…]