Foreword

The National Swine Improvement Federation has, as its primary function, developing and implementing more uniform, effective, and coordinated swine improvement programs. Its members include, but are not limited to, seedstock producers, central test stations, swine testing organizations, A.I. studs, and other seedstock production and marketing groups.

Each year the Federation holds a conference and annual meeting during which the impact and application of swine breeding technology are reviewed and updated. The publication of the proceedings of these conferences serves to advance the Federation's objective of improving genetic evaluation programs.

The 2005 conference and annual meeting were hosted by the NSIF and the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement Inc. (CCSI) as part of an international swine breeding and genetic improvement symposium. The objective of the 2005 conference was to bring together an international array of speakers and topics focusing on genetic improvement programs related to reproduction, breeding and evaluation strategies, pork quality and genetic preservation.

The symposium and annual meeting were sponsored and very generously supported through the financial contributions of grant funds from the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement, National Swine Improvement Federation dues, registrations and the extensive donations from genetic companies and industry affiliates including: Babcock Genetics, Inc, Canadian Swine Exporters Association, Genetic Improvement Services, Genetiporc, Hermitage NGT, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Hypor Inc., National Swine Registry, Newsham Genetics, LC, Maple Leaf Foods, Peak Swine Genetics, and PIC. Without this support high-quality programming efforts would not be possible.

We hope these proceedings will be useful and informative. Additional copies of this and previous proceedings are available from the office of the Secretary-Treasurer. Copies of the Swine Genetics Handbook, containing fourteen fact sheets, can be purchased from the Secretary at $10.00 each. In addition, Guidelines for Uniform Swine Improvement Programs is available at no charge.

Elsewhere in these proceedings you will find a list of the 2005-2006 officers and directors. If you wish to communicate with any of these because of a mutual concern or interest, please do so. Also, if I can be of any assistance please contact me.

Steven J Moeller
NSIF Secretary-Treasurer
The Ohio State University
122 Animal Science Bldg., 2029 Fyffe Court
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-3686
Fax: 614-292-3513
moeller.29@osu.edu