What is Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI)?
Inbreeding is a measure of how closely related your KuneKune’s parents are. The higher the inbreeding coefficient (%), the more closely related they are to there parents. In general, higher inbreeding coefficients are associated with increased incidence of genetically inherited conditions, reduced Fertility, and reduced life span.
OUR FOCUS HERE AT BF FARM IS BREEDING LOW COI PIGS & PIGLETS
WHAT IS WRONG WITH INBREEDING?
WHILE LINEBREEDING HAS SOMETIMES BEEN USED TO REINFORCE DESIRABLE TRAITS, INBREEDING CAN LEAD TO OTHER, UNDESIRABLE AND OFTEN HIDDEN, EFFECTS. IT HAS BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN THAT INBREEDING IN PIGS CAN CAUSE.
- PIGS CAN BE SMALLER (UP TO 10%, BY BODYWEIGHT, PER GENERATION)
- UNHEALTHY CHARACTERISTICS (E.G. SHORT NOSES LEAD TO BREATHING DIFFICULTIES AND SUNKEN EYES)
- INHERITED DEFORMITIES
- INHERITED DISEASES
- LOWER BIRTH RATE
- REDUCED FERTILITY
- STILLBIRTHS (AND DEFECTS IN THE STILLBORN PIGLETS)
- MUMMIFIED PIGLETS
- REDUCED VITALITY (LESS VIGOROUS PIGLETS THAT GROW MORE SLOWLY AND ARE NOT AS HEALTHY, GROWING INTO UNHEALTHY ADULTS)