My training began with a visit to the DanBred headquarters in Ballerup, Denmark, where I was introduced to some of our experts and got a general overview of the structure of the Danish pig industry and some of the legislations that are in place. The following day, I visited SEGES Innovation and Danish Agriculture & Food Council in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, I was introduced to DanBred’s huge R&D department and how they work professionally to constantly improve the breeding programme, what they’re currently working on, and what projects are in the pipeline. I also learned more about the Danish health and biosecurity system, and what legislations are in place here.
Afterwards, I followed two Danish vets for some routine visits to two farms – to follow their procedures and understand what kind of questions and challenges they face in their daily work. Then, the real On-farm Training could begin. I spent three days at Sneverholt production farm. This is a leading Danish production farm, who’s skilled and dedicated staff works systematically to achieve outstanding results year after year.
My last few days were spent with DanBred’s selection team, who taught me the specific things they look for every time they go into the stables for breeding stock selection.