NBS® Progeny Test News

The National Association of Swine Records (NASR) Announces Plans to Restructure the NBS® Progeny Test

After 24 years and 27 individual tests the NATIONAL BARROW SHOW® Progeny Test is being discontinued in its current form.  Since 1991, hundreds of purebred swine breeders have entered hogs representing all eight major breeds in this unbiased test.  The NBS® Progeny Test has served as a benchmark for growth, carcass, and meat quality traits among the hogs entered and breeds represented each year.  The NASR would like to thank the dedicated breeders who have participated in the test throughout the years for their commitment to the improvement of the purebred swine industry.

However, the swine industry has seen major changes in the past 24 years, particularly how we raise and market hogs.  Because of this, a new committee of recognized swine industry leaders has been formed to develop a new testing protocol for the NBS® Progeny Test.  The goal of this committee is to develop an unbiased testing procedure that better represents the current U.S. Swine industry, with a focus on lean gain and improving meat quality across the industry.

The NASR would like to thank Hormel Foods Corporation, Iowa State University and the National Pork Board for their support of the NBS® Progeny Test. Due to the restructuring of the NBS® Progeny Test, the current group of animals will be the last set evaluated with the existing program. There will be no spring test in 2016. More information will be forthcoming about future progeny tests as it becomes available.

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