A new center for pig genetics research is being planned just north of Ft. Wayne and the research aims to help farmers breed hogs with better genetic traits.
The swine genetic company Whiteshire Hamroc is set to begin construction on the center this spring. Whiteshire Hamroc Chief Executive Officer Mike Lemmon says the research won’t just help farmers in Indiana.
“We just look forward to the opportunity of utilizing this unique facility to benefit the swine industry throughout the United States and obviously other parts of the world,” Lemmon said. “We’re very anxious to get this started.”
Indiana agricultural companies and schools like Purdue University will also be allowed to use the facility for research. Assistant Professor of Animal Science Kara Stewart says she’s excited about the possibilities this gives her students.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to have some undergraduate and graduate level research projects go on there to evaluate nutrition and genetic projects,” Stewart said.
The launch of the center is expected to create 25 new jobs, consisting of research-oriented data and genetics specialists as well as animal caretakers. The facility is scheduled to open by the end of next year.