A day about Pig Genetics with Dr Rex Walters

The OSBPG are proud to announce that leading pig geneticist Dr Rex Walters is again kindly giving us this talk. Dr Walters first talked to us in September 2015, which some of you attended.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for us to improve our knowledge and gain further insight into what makes the perfect pig.

The event is not only for people who are new to pig keeping and breeding, but also for experienced breeders and those that run pig courses to be able to learn and pass on the knowledge to new and up and coming pig keepers, and for those that have an overall interest in the domesticated pig.

The Agenda

11:00hrs – 12:30hrs – General Genetics of the Pig
12:30hrs – 13:30hrs – LUNCH
13:30hrs – 15:00hrs – OSB genetics, fat/meat comparison to other breeds and any significant hereditary traits / concerns being observed in the breed. IE Prolaps, length of the breed, size of litters, hernias

Dr Walters studied Animal Science at Wye College, before gaining a Master of Philosophy by researching pig genetics. He then went on to achieve a doctorate. He is now an adviser to several national and international organisations (including the British Pig Association) and is an appointed expert and observer in livestock breeding and biotechnology to the European Commission in Brussels.

He has published, and presented, more than 150 papers on pig breeding and genetics, and is regularly invited to contribute in international seminars and conferences. He is particularly interested in the practical exploitation of genetics and genetic conservation.