Prolific pigs: pleasant but not pretty.
Three U.S. research centers recently welcomed a total of 140 Chinese boars and sows they hope to breed with domestic swine. The oriental sows average 36 piglets per year, comparing favorably to the U.S. average of 22. They're also more docile, they donht snort as loudly, and the males don't emit the strong, unpleasant odor common to domestic varieties. "They're not a pretty animal by any means," says Robert D. Whiting of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Hyattsville, Md. "But that's not what we got them for."
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|Title Annotation:||Chinese boars to be bred with domestic swine for increased piglet productivity|
|Date:||Sep 9, 1989|
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