Journal or Book Title
Journal of Animal Science
Records on 4,355 boars sold from 1973 to 1978 at central test stations in Ames, Ida Grove and Lisbon, Iowa, and Clarkson, Nebraska, were evaluated for the relative economic emphasis buyers place on performance traits. Performance traits included days to 104 kg, average daily gain, feed efficiency, backfat thickness and loineye area. Average sale prices were highest for Landrace ($457) and lowest for Berkshire ($340) boars. Highest prices were paid for boars sold at the Ames Station. R2 values from models used to predict sale price for the different breeds ranged from .21 to .49, indicating that variation in sale price was affected by factors other than performance, year-season or location of the test. Relative importance of performance traits varied, with buyers placing more emphasis on backfat and average daily gain than on feed efficiency. Comparison of relative economic weights used in selection indexes against the economic emphasis shown by buyers demonstrated that buyers are placing considerably less emphasis on feed efficiency relative to the other traits than the index suggests. Swine producers could make more progress in improving performance traits if they placed more emphasis on performance traits when purchasing centrally tested boars.
American Society of Animal Science
Rothschild, Max F.; Carlson, J. P.; and Christian, L. L., "Comparison of Selection Index Economic Weights and Prices Paid for Performance-Tested Boars" (1981). Animal Science Publications. 310.