By: Kaslo Bay Artificial Breeders  09-12-2011

North America's Leading Meat Quality Boar
The PIC 280M is our answer when it comes to meat quality boar. Its superior meat quality and marketability make this Duroc boar ideal for packers. The 280M has a high lean percentage with excellent growth rates and feed efficiency.

The 280M is perfect for:
• Production durability
• Excellent growth rates and feed efficiency to heavy market weights
• High lean percent
• Superior pork quality and marketability
• Line Development Improves Meat QualityThe PIC 280M boar is produced under PIC's most intensive meat quality improvement program to date. This program begins with great-grandparent lines that are selected for long-term improvement in lean, growth rate and feed efficiency. These lines, naturally negative for the Halothane gene, are then genotyped for a range of exclusive PICmarqT DNA markers for improved pH. These lines are further assessed through routine weekly measurements of carcass lean %, depth of loin, and meat quality from littermates and all other relatives.Sales Ranking Emphasizes Performance Traits
Terminal 280M boars undergo a thirteen-week performance test prior to being dispatched to our stud. This performance test ensures that boars with the highest production efficiency based on growth rate, feed conversion, backfat and loin depth are identified. Meat quality information gathered from relatives is again incorporated to calculate EBVs for meat color (using Minolta L*) and pH. This ranking gives producers who use the PIC 280M a unique competitive advantage to produce high quality pork without compromising robust production performance and profitability.

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