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New results will contribute to better selection for sow longevity

Animal welfare in the gestation and farrowing units is highly prioritised by most sow producers. When more of your sows live longer, it will result in increased profitability for you. Moreover, increased survival is expected to improve animal welfare, as potentially underlying causes of mortality and morbidity can be reduced. DanBred’s R&D department has been working intensively to improve sow longevity for years, and there is good news… Longevity is already a part of the breeding goal for DanBred Landrace and DanBred Yorkshire. However, it is a complex trait to select for because it is very affected by the surroundings, …

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Can we use the pig’s history to increase future daily gain?

Most producers of finisher pigs aim to achieve pigs with high daily gain, where all pigs raised in the same section can be sent to slaughter at the same time (or at least within the shortest period possible). However, this is not simple to achieve; pigs do not always grow at the same rate, as different variables can have huge impact on the daily gain. Increased knowledge of the individual pig’s history may help us predict the future daily gain and exactly how long it will take for the pig to reach the desired slaughter weight. This will help you as a pig producer utilise your stables’ maximum capacity and achieve the full potential of your animals.

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Recent research: Survival until slaughter can be improved through breeding

Increased survival until slaughter has economic significance for you as a pig producer as well as social significance for animal health and welfare in the pig production in general. From a breeding perspective, survival is a complex trait, but research shows that it is possible to improve survival until slaughter through breeding.   A current research project investigates how genetics influence survival from birth until slaughter. The aim of the project is to determine whether we can achieve breeding progress for survival until slaughter – and whether there is a genetic correlation between survival until slaughter and the other traits …

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Can we use genomic information to control inbreeding?

As breeders aim for maximum genetic progress, they often face a dilemma between achieving genetic gain or controlling inbreeding; to encourage sustainable breeding, we must find a method that strikes the balance between the two. Looking at genomic information to control inbreeding may contribute to more long-term breeding progress for you as a pig producer while reducing harmful effects of inbreeding.   DanBred’s R&D department now investigates new methods for controlling inbreeding using genomic information. By optimising the method to control inbreeding, we strive to offer even more effective and sustainable DanBred pigs in the future. In a current PhD …

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Practical management pointers to improve sow longevity

Written by Clara Nyegaard-Signori, SEGES, Livestock Innovation   Abstract The longevity of sows is a highly important trait for pig producers all around the world who aim for healthy and strong animals with a high lifetime performance. Longevity always starts with the young sows, and here, stocking density, management, feeding and overall health are the most important factors!   DanBred gilts already have a very large potential for daily growth, feed utilisation and lean meat content, which are all very important traits when looking at sow longevity. In addition to that, feeding, management and mating can also have a huge …

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The road to low antibiotic use in the pig production

Written by Clara Nyegaard-Signori, SEGES, Livestock Innovation   Abstract Denmark is recognised worldwide for efficiently reducing antibiotic use and resistance in pig production. Since 1994, several legislative initiatives have been introduced to achieve low antimicrobial consumption in the pig industry. Two of the most profound actions were the ban on the use of growth promoters in 1998 and the introduction of the yellow card initiative in 2010, which established the threshold for antibiotic usage. Recent initiatives, such as differentiated taxes and the setting up of an Advisory Committee on veterinary medicines, have positioned Denmark among the countries with the lowest …

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