Breeding goal

FOCUS ON MAXIMUM GENETIC AND ECONOMIC GAIN

The DanBred breeding goal includes all traits that make a positive difference to your production costs, have a measurable economic value, are hereditary and show genetic variation, and can be measured directly or indirectly on a large scale. Therefore, the DanBred breeding goal includes the traits that result in the greatest possible benefit for your production economy.

Our R&D department at Danish Agriculture & Food Council is responsible for the research and development of the DanBred breeding system and to revise the breeding goal at appropriate intervals, i.e., every 3 years on average. Each revision involves the recalculation of the economic values, and for this purpose, a bio-economic simulation model is used. Every revision also includes relevant new traits, which research and development projects have shown to be measurable, hereditary, and of importance to the production economy.

DanBred Landrace (LL)

DanBred yorkshire (YY)

Traits included in the breeding goal for DanBred Landrace and DanBred Yorkshire

  • Daily gain (birth – 30 kg and 30 kg – slaughter (118 kg)) shortens the production time to slaughter and decreases the cost for production.
  • Feed conversion increases finisher feed efficiency from 30 kg – 118 kg and reduces production costs.
  • Lean meat percentage is decisive in determining the settlement between the abattoirs and the pig producers.
  • Conformation is assessed as an overall score of the pig’s legs, back and posture with the aim to reduce the risk of culling for both the finishers and the sows due to leg and/or back problems.
  • Killing out (slaughter loss) is defined as the increase in the carcass’ percentage of live weight.
  • Sow longevity is defined as the likelihood that a sow will be mated again after weaning the first litter and serves as an indicator of the sow’s productive lifespan.
  • Early gain (sow effect) is the sow’s genetic effect on the early gain (birth – 30 kg) of her piglets.
  • Survival (piglet effect) is the piglet’s own genetic potential to survive. This trait is highly genetically correlated to the number of weaned piglets.
  • Survival (sow effect) is the sow’s genetic potential to ensure that her piglets survive. This trait is highly genetically correlated to the number of weaned piglets.
  • Litter size is the sow’s genetic predisposition for reproduction measured as the total number of piglets born.

DanBred Duroc (DD)

Traits included in the breeding goal for DanBred Duroc

  • Daily gain (birth – 30 kg and 30 kg – slaughter (118 kg)) shortens the production time to slaughter and decreases the costs of production.
  • Feed conversion increases finisher feeding conversion from 30 kg – 118 kg and reduces production costs.
  • Lean meat percentage is decisive in determining the settlement between the abattoirs and the pig producers.
  • Conformation is assessed as an overall score of the pig’s legs, back and posture with the aim to reduce the risk of culling for both the finishers and the sows due to leg and/or back problems.
  • Killing out (slaughter loss) is defined as the increase in the carcass’ percentage of live weight.
  • Survival (piglet effect) is the piglet’s own genetic potential to survive. This trait is highly genetically correlated to the number of weaned piglets.
  • Litter size is the boar’s genetic effect on the total number of piglets born.

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