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 2006 conference and annual meeting were hosted by the NSIF at the Embassy Suites -Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee. The objective of the 2006 conference was to focus on the genetic controls in the areas of reproduction, herd productivity, and swine behavior, and technologies to assist improvement in the rate of genetic improvement. The program brought together a strong academic and industry-based group of speakers to address the topics.

Once again, the symposium and annual meeting were sponsored and very generously supported through the financial contributions of the NSIF Member Organizations. In addition, genetic suppliers and industry participants played a key role supporting the program through direct financial contributions, committee involvement, and delivery of materials as speakers. The NSIF Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank the following organizations for their support of the conference and annual meeting: Babcock Genetics, Inc., Genetic Improvement Services, Hermitage NGT, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Monsanto Choice Genetics, National Swine Registry, Newsham Genetics, PIC, and S & S Programming, Inc. 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