THE use of artificial insemination (Al) in pigs as a means of widespread dissemination of genetic superiority at a reduced risk to health, and as a valuable aid to service management, is now well established. Al may be incorporated at any level of pig production. With appropriate timing and sufficient attention to detail, fertility results achieved by more traditional systems can be maintained or even exceeded. Al is in use world-wide and in the UK the level of usage is approximately 25 per cent - this represents significant growth since the subject was last addressed in this journal (Glossop 1991). Its successful application is of importance to pig productivity and the veterinary surgeon has a key role to play in terms of stud health and quality assurance.
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