Articles | Volume 63, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 367–376, 2020
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 367–376, 2020
Original study
03 Nov 2020
Original study | 03 Nov 2020

Effects of sire line, birth weight and sex on growth performance and carcass traits of crossbred pigs under standardized environmental conditions

Kathrin Elbert et al.

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Short summary
Here, we investigated the effect of sire line on growth performance and carcass traits of crossbred offspring under standardized environmental conditions. Pigs sired by a synthetic line showed benefits in fattening performance and Piétrain crossbreeds were characterized by a better carcass value. The synthetic line is preferable in terms of the number of fatting pigs per fattening place and year, while the Piétrain line provides increased leanness and carcass cuts.