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Farm Animal Practice
AI in pigs: the production of quality-assured, healthy semen
  1. Christianne Glossop

    Christianne Glossop qualified in 1979 at the Royal Veterinary College, London, where, in 1982, she gained her PhD. Following two years in practice, she joined MAFF as a Veterinary Research Officer at the Reading Cattle Breeding Centre. She has been involved in research and commercial activities since then, and now combines her work as an independent international consultant specialising in reproduction technologies with pig practice from her home base in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. She is currently senior vicepresident of the Pig Veterinary Society and president of the 1 5th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, which is to be held in Birmingham in July.


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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