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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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Proper Feeding and Animal Welfare Practices = Healthy Animals

Inoculation, vaccines, immunity. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even children have learned that some illnesses are so serious that we must strive to prevent them, because it is not certain that those who fall ill can be cured. And even if we manage to cure people, it might take months before they become as fit as they were before contracting the disease.   The same principles apply to the diseases of animals, only livestock owners do not have time to spend half a year curing an illness, as finisher animals and broilers must be ready to be slaughtered …

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Large litters and an improvement in finisher pig results

Klasse Ki in St. Oedenrode held its networking days in the beginning of July – with mini sessions focused on outlining the breeding programme. Danish sows with Duroc influence are well known for their high litter size. Another advantage is the improvement in growth per day and desired meat quality in the finisher pigs.   Stefan Derks, director of Klasse Ki, cannot conceal his pride as he shares the latest data on the 2020 results from Danbred analyses with his customers: “The farms have achieved a growth improvement of 40 grams per day. Genetically, the figure that we had expected …

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Developing the pigs of the future

Samples to be used in the development of the DanBred pigs of the future are already being collected. Every week, blood samples are collected from 50-60 DanBred Duroc pigs at Bøgildgård Boar Testing Station in Denmark. The samples are sent to the Laboratory for Pig Diseases in Kjellerup in Denmark, where they are centrifuged and frozen to -80 °C to ensure all important material is preserved. The samples are collected so they are ready for analysis when the next step of the project Metabolomic Selection starts. The project examines metabolites (i.e., the intermediate products formed when the body metabolises feed) …

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Selection and service are key to ensure high quality

Selection of DanBred gilts during the rearing period is key to ensure that the animals used in pig production have the highest possible levels of health and animal welfare. All animals must live up to the high expectations and standards set for DanBred breeding animals. “A good selection is one of our most important tools to ensure the high quality and longevity of the breeding animals that customers receive from DanBred,” says Tanja Jensen, DanBred Selection Manager. She heads a team of experts focusing on the selected animals’ quality – from education and certification of selectors through selection in breeding …

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Metabolomics: The missing link in genetic selection

Metabolomic selection can improve genetic gain in difficult-to-measure traits by combining whole-metabolomic data with phenotypic, pedigree, and genomic data. The metabolome is the complete set of metabolites in a sample and forms a link in the chain between DNA and phenotype. By Helle Palmø, Chief Geneticist, DanBred   New breeding technologies such as genomic selection, whole-genome sequencing, optimal contribution selection, and gene editing are developing at an increasing pace. Metabolomic selection is an emerging breeding technology based on an exciting new source of information, namely nuclear magnetic resonance (or NMR) metabolomics. NMR metabolomics measures all metabolites in a sample from …

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