Our Meishan Herd

We would like to share with you our actual  Meishan breeding lineup. We are proud to share their lineage,birth dates and photos .All of our stock on the farm are A.M.B.A. Certified Pure Meishan Pigs. All are 100% foundation level stock.

Please note: Members of the A.M.B.A. can enter the registration numbers listed into the search function of the A.M.B.A. on line pedigree data base to view the pedigrees of each animal listed here.

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Here at the farm we continually have a number of pigs undergoing evaluation for inclusion into our breeding program or being raised as feeders. The following pigs however constitute our current nucleus breeding herd.Our nucleus herd here at Gods Blessing Farm  is the most genetically diverse Meishan breeding  herd outside of China. In addition our bloodline diversity assures you of avoiding the pitfalls of  undocumented “pure” or highly inbred examples of the breed which we have seen all too frequently. Small litters , below standard size, poor health and poor growth rates are the hallmarks of inbreeding depression.Unfortunately many of the pigs being promoted as “pure Meishans” exhibit these traits and ultimately make poor foundation stock for livestock breeding programs . We are very proud that our customers have enjoyed excellent growth rates and litter sizes from the progeny of our herd. To date we have seen 70%  double digit litter sizes on first parity farrowings from farmers and homesteaders who chose our bloodlines. This is especially exciting since all research indicates Meishans begin to hit their peak litter sizes on their third farrowings. Prolificacy or the ability of Meishans to produce the larger litters they are know for is one of the true indications of genetic health of any Meishan herd.Here on our own farm we have averaged over  11 piglets per litter with over 130 piglets farrowed in 2016 and 2017. Our University of Illinois sow Pink Lady  holds the current farm record with a litter of 20 on her second parity farrowing. With our genetics, which came directly from the USDA Meat Animal Research Center,  directly from the University of Illinois and from a farm whose stock came directly from Iowa State’s herd dispersal you are assured of both documented  purity, genetic health  and genetic diversity unmatched by any other farm. If you are new to Meishans we can provide one stop shopping for one or multiple breeding pairs.If you currently own or breed Meishans we can provide you with fresh genetics that will assure you of offspring that will be genetically diverse.

Our Boars

Docile Meishan Boars chilling on a summer day

Our ability to maintain a closed herd  is based on the incredible genetic diversity our boars feature. In 2016 we obtained five distinct boar lines from the USDA and one boar line that was bred from stock  derived directly from the Iowa State research herd. In 2017 we added a seventh boar line to our breeding program that was produced by our Iowa State boar and one of our University of Illinois sows.This diversity allows our hogs to exhibit superior structure,prolificacy and growth rates as compared to inbred examples or crossbred examples of the breed.All of our original foundation level boars are named after different Chinese Dynasties.They are the cornerstone foundation bloodlines for the future of our herd.

USDA Bloodlines-We acquired five genetically distinct boars from the USDA herd at the US Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Nebraska. These represented the last boars of that research herd With the entire USDA herd we also have pedigrees back at least three generations. All of our USDA boars were born in the spring of 2015 and should have many years to contribute to our breeding programs.

USDA Ming- A.M.B.A. Registration # USDA0068

Blocky and stout Ming is one of our favorite boars. He reflects the structure that is the signature look of the USDA bloodline. Ming was farrowed on May 25th 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016.

Ming -USDA0068

Ming USDA0068

 

 

 

 

 

 

USDA Yuan- A.M.B.A. Registration #USDA0066

Another big bodied  and blocky Meishan Boar Yuan also reflects the unique USDA look Yuan is the one on the left next to Pink Lady one of our University of Illinois bloodline girls. Yuan was farrowed March 23 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016

USDA Yuan

 

 

 

 

USDA Zhou- A.M.B.A. Registration #USDA0067

Zhou is the tallest in the hindquarters and longest in the loin of our USDA boars. He will be featured in our 2018 Breedings. He is an impressive boar with great structure and an engaging temperament. He was farrowed on March 23rd 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016. While his birthday is the same as Yuans he was from an entirely different litter(Yuan’s  litter USDA #181,Zhou’s litter USDA #182)

USDA Zhou

 

 

 

 

 

USDA Shang – A.M.B.A Registration # USDA0069

With a classic Meishan “Blocky Bulldog” head Shang is another great example of the breed. Unfortunately soon after his first breeding Shang was lost to us.However his genetics weren’t. We have retained his daughter Fu Hau  to preserve this critical breeding branch in our herd. There are only two  intact remaining Shang line boars.Theses were placed with our customers on farms in  Washington State and Georgia  . If you are geographically located in those areas we would be happy to provide contact information for these farms if you want to add this rarest of USDA boar lines from a local supplier. Shang  was farrowed on March 26th 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016

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Shang strikes a pose

 

 

 

 

 

USDA Tang – A.M.B.A. Registration # USDA0071

Tang is the most active of our USDA boars.He is also one of the most athletic. He is a proven sire and sired the largest litter (20 piglets) here at Gods Blessing Farm. Tang was farrowed April 1st 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016

USDA Tang

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iowa State Bloodlines:

RR Wu – Iowa State A.M.B.A. Registration # IS005

Wu is a proven sire from Rustik Rooster Farm who obtained their stock directly from the dispersal of the Iowa State research herd .He has a great build and produced some of the most outstanding piglets in our 2016 litters. He has already farrowed 4 litters and is being reserved in 2018.Wu was farrowed at Rustik Rooster Farm April 14th 2015

RR Wu AMBAIS005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gods Blessing Bloodlines:

Gods Blessing Sun Quan – University of Illinois/Iowa State lines A.M.B.A. Registration #AMBA1002 

Sun Quan is our first boar with University of Illinois blood lines.He is a striking young man and will enter our breeding program in 2018  to trait lock the outstanding University of Illinois characteristics in our core herd. His growth to date has been outstanding and his look reflects his University of Illinois Bloodlines. He was farrowed at Gods Blessing Farm on 08/07/2016

 

Gods Blessing Sun Quan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Nucleus Sows and Gilts

We are so proud to compliment this impressive and diverse boar lineup with some outstanding Meishan Sows. Once again we feature bloodlines that have never been available to private breeders before

Meishan sows at feeding time

Meishan sows at feeding time

USDA  Bloodline Sows

Originally scheduled for slaughter to complete a final scientific experiment we were ecstatic when the Director of the USMARC facility agreed to let us get two genetically unique sows for our conservation effort. We are humbled by the opportunity and responsibility to manage these two girls. Having pedigrees three generations back allows us to manage our breedings to the USDA boars

USDA Ming Hou -A.M.B.A. Registration # USDA0070

Blocky and stout  Minghou is the friendliest of the USDA swine. You must remember that these research hogs were raised almost without human contact or interaction.How fast they socialize is a tribute to the Meishan personality. She has already demonstrated the inherent profligacy of the breed  having farrowed multiple double digit litters. Ming Hou was farrowed on March 30th 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016

Minghou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USDA Xishi- A.M.B.A.Registration #USDA0079

Xishi is the tallest of the USDA sows. She is a classic example of the USDA bloodlines of the Meishan breed. A wonderful mother Xishi has already produced multiple double digit litters. She was farrowed on April 9th 2015 at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center Nebraska and was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining USMARC herd in 2016

Xishi

USDA Xishi

Ming Hou and Xishi

A young Ming Hou and Xishi just after their arrival from USMARC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Illinois Bloodline Sows

Through an incredible series of events were able to acquire the last Meishans from the University of Illinois Champagne Urbanna Research herd. These two ladies (sister gilts) are simply  the rarest Meishan bloodline in the US. The Illinois herd was almost completely gone when were able to bring these ladies home.They were both just over two years old when they arrived here.The Illini girls are larger with better loin length that any of our other certified pure stock.With the most pendulous ears this side of China they are a hit with everyone who sets eyes on them.We hope to use these ladies as the template for our future breeding goals.

University of Illinois Panda -A.M.B.A. Registration #UI004

Panda is amazing.Docile and well built . She farrowed some of the fastest growing best examples of the breed in her 2016 and 2017  farrowings.Her daughters have already produced double digit litters of their own. She was farrowed on February 2nd 2014 at the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences Swine Facility in Champaign Illinois.She was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining University of Illinois Research herd.

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Panda

 

 

 

 

 

 University of Illinois of Illinois Pink Lady- A.M.B.A.Registration #UI003

Taller than Panda, Pink lady is the largest of our Meishans. Her initial 2016 parity(usually the smallest for a Meishan) was  12 piglets.In the spring of 2017 she farrowed 20 piglets which is the current farm record. We are thrilled with the demonstrated prolificacy of our bloodlines.  Her offspring are the basis for new Meishan breeding programs from Maine to Washington State and Montana to Georgia.She was farrowed on February 2nd 2014 at the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences Swine Facility in Champaign Illinois.She was part of our acquisition of the entire remaining University of Illinois Research herd.

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Angie taking an afternoon stroll with Pink lady

Illinois girls grazing

Pink Lady and Panda grazing peacefully in our pastures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Gods Blessing Bloodline Gilts and Sows:

Just as we identified a prime boar candidate to retain for our herd development and grow out program we have also retained a great lineup of girls for our farm breeding program.

Butternut

Butternut at 7 months

Gods Blessing Butternut- 100% Iowa State Lines  A.M.B.A.  Registration #AMBA1004 

This strong healthy girl is less than 7 months old in the first picture.The two pigs behind her are Pink Lady and Panda.They are in the 350 lb-400 lb class. This picture shows quite clearly the structure and growth rate possible with Meishans when genetically diverse pairings are utilized. Butternut was farrowed

Gods Blessing Butternut

on 06-1616. In her firat parity she farrowed 13 healthy piglets and weaned all 13.

 

 

 

Gods Blessing Ling Ling- University of Illinois/Iowa State  A.M.B.A. Registration #AMBA1001

Once again genetically diverse breedings produce the best growth rates in our Meishan stock. Ling Ling is one of our top performers in growth and structure.She was farrowed on 07/28/2017.  We are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to breed Ling Ling in 2018.

Gods Blessing Ling Ling on the Left

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gods Blessing Fu Hao- 100% USDA A.M.B.A. Registration #AMBA1003

Fu Hao carries the lost Shang genetics.She is a very important and rare pig genetically.Stocky and blocky she will be in our 2018 farrowing rotation. She was farrowed 10/01/2016  

Gods Blessing Fou Hao

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gods Blessing  Wazi- 100% USDA  A.M.B.A. Registration #AMBA1005

Our first pure USDA gilts retained for our breeding herd include some of the best genetics within our boar pool and Wazi reflects this in her structure. She was farrowed on 10/13/2016.She is scheduled for our 2018 breeding rotation.

Gods Blessing Wazi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gods Blessing Ling Tang- 100% USDA A.M.B.A.Registration #AMBA1022

Ling Tang is the youngest gilt in our Nucleus Herd. She was farrowed in Pink Ladies record 20 piglet litter.Her growth rate ,structure and look have been phenomenal. She will be entering our breeding program in early 2018

Gods Blessing Ling Tang

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reviewing our Nucleus Herd. Please let us know what your breeding objectives are so we can provide you with the best genetic profiles for your farm model. Occasionally as we progress through our breeding schedules a limited number of mature proven sows and boars may be made available. Please let us know if you wish to be placed on a waiting list for these proven animals