Meishan Pig conservation and preservation is a complex task. The management of the American Meishan Breeders Association would like to give special thanks to the following people. These individuals have generously donated their time and expertise to assist in the effort to craft a strategy to conserve the Meishan breed in North America. While the A.M.B.A. has drawn on many sources throughout this process these individuals have been especially helpful. They have both acted as a sounding boards for potential strategies, and provided insight into the history of Meishans in the U.S. Further, they provided 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
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).
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