Determining Optimal Maximum Culling Parity in Commercial Swine Breeding Herds

  • Caitlyn Abell (Iowa State University)
  • Kenneth J. Stalder (Iowa State University)
  • Anna K. Johnson (Iowa State University)
  • Locke A. Karriker (Iowa State University)
  • Gordon Jones (Western Kentucky University)


The objective of this study was to estimate the value of the genetic lag associated with maintaining sows for additional parities. Number born alive (NBA), 21 day litter weight (W21), and days to market (D113) were the traits examined in this study. The genetic improvement per generation (economic values assigned) for these traits were 0.3 pigs ($22.00/pig), 1.36 kg ($1.54/kg), and 3.0 days ($0.17/day), respectively. The value of the genetic lag represents lost opportunity and when this value exceeds the gilt development variable costs, it represents the optimal time for culling the sow from the breeding herd and replacing it with a gilt.

Keywords: ASL R2559

How to Cite:

Abell, C., Stalder, K. J., Johnson, A. K., Karriker, L. A. & Jones, G., (2010) “Determining Optimal Maximum Culling Parity in Commercial Swine Breeding Herds”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 7(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-31

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Published on
01 Jan 2010
Peer Reviewed