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Market Swine Evaluation. Objectives:. You will be able to list the traits involved in evaluating market hogs. You will be able to identify the areas of importance in terms of muscle, and locate them on a hog.

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objectives
Objectives:
  • You will be able to list the traits involved in evaluating market hogs.
  • You will be able to identify the areas of importance in terms of muscle, and locate them on a hog.
  • You will be able to determine finish on an hog, and indicate areas where finish may be observed.
objectives continued
Objectives Continued:
  • You will be able to determine the importance of structural correctness, and be able to diagnose problems with structure
  • You will be able to describe the importance of balance in swine evaluation.
  • You will also develop a model depicting the ideal market hog.
swine evaluation traits
Swine Evaluation Traits
  • Muscle
  • Leanness
  • Structural Correctness
  • Balance
  • Growth Potential
  • Volume
muscle
Muscle:
  • Loin
  • Ham
  • Ideally you want a groove down the top and a dimple before the tail head.
leanness
Leanness
  • Over loin edge
  • Jowl
  • Observe shoulder blade movement when walking
  • At the lower third of the ham.
structural correctness
Structural Correctness
  • Length of body
  • Levelness of top
  • Substance of bone
  • Soundness of feet and legs
balance
Balance
  • Design
  • Proportion
  • Completeness

Ex. Pietrians are a breed that are not extremely well balanced as they may be overly muscled.

summary
Summary
  • We identified the traits that are important in market swine evaluation.
  • We located areas on the market hog in which we could observe muscle.
  • We identified areas where finish could be observed.
  • We described the importance of balance.
  • Finally, we built the ideal market hog.