National: Pig breeding firm launches free draw at British Pig and Poultry Fair to mark 10 year milestone

PIG genetics company ACMC, is giving away an electronic recording package worth �1,500 in a free draw at this year’s British Pig and Poultry Fair (15th & 16th May, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire) to mark its tenth anniversary.

The prize will comprise a laptop computer and a year’s subscription to PigCom, ACMC’s windows-based pig-management software package, together with technical backup.

PigCom tracks valuable performance parameters in both the breeding and feeding herd and analyses key performance indicators according to pre-set farm targets.

“This is an appropriate prize as accurate, easy-to-interpret records are a benchmark of any herd’s efficiency and progress,” said ACMC boss Matthew Curtis.

Since the company was set up in 2002 it has seen great strides in genetics.

ACMC geneticist, Ed Sutcliffe, has worked out that, given some assumptions about the worth of each trait, the value of the genetic improvement in litter size amounts to �28.92 per sow, while average value of progress in slaughter pigs from traits such as feed conversion, growth rate and backfat thickness adds up to �11.60 per animal. For a 500-sow herd producing 25 pigs per sow per year this would be worth a total of �159,460 — an average of �15,946 annually.

To enter the free draw producers have to fill in a simple form on the company’s stand No 85 in Hall 2. On the first day of the fair ACMC will also be laying on a traditional roast — on a first come, first served basis.

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ACMC was launched as a new international breeding company in January 2002. The Curtis family started pedigree pig-breeding at Beeford, East Yorkshire, in 1963 and launched the National Pig Development Company in 1968.

It was successful in producing lean, good-grading pigs and this led to the company being purchased by Dalgety in 1995.

It was the first commercial company to incorporate Chinese Meishan genes in its breeding programme, which gave a huge boost to sow prolificacy.