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Learn how to produce more finishers per pen place

There are actually big differences as for how effectively pig producers utilise the pens in the facility, and this has a direct effect on the bottom line. Of course, you want to produce as many pigs per the lowest cost of production as possible – without compromising animal welfare. And particularly, with the very high feed prices that pig producers all around the world struggle with right now, you want to utilise your resources to the max. One specific system might actually enable you to produce more finishers per pen place. The latest economic benchmark in Denmark revealed that there …

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New recommended backfat measurements: Optimise production and reduce feed costs

Abstract  SEGES Innovation has changed their recommendation for the backfat thickness of sows and gilts at farrowing from 16-19 to 14-17 mm based on a data analysis containing >3,900 sows and litters from 10 feeding trials run over the past 6 years.   The analysis shows that sows having 12-20 mm backfat at farrowing are high producing. Furthermore, the analysis shows that lean sows have less body weight and backfat losses during lactation. Thus, aiming at leaner sows will result in a reduced feed amount needed for restoring the optimal body condition in the subsequent gestation.   The new recommendations …

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Hassle-free weaning with DanBred

Excellent hygiene, a diet that fits the needs of the DanBred sows, correct consultation policy, and supplementary feeding tailored to the piglets. With this foundation, the Van Dijck family ensures that the piglets get off to a good start. And now, they share their insights on how their results have improved. Good, continued growth of the piglets after weaning is essential to ensure that they can perform well as finisher pigs. To ensure that the piglets continue the growth after weaning, Van Dijck and Van Dijck-Paepen – together with the managers, Koen van Mechelen and Jos Roelen, and the other …

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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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Maximising genetic gain while controlling inbreeding

Sustainable breeding strikes a balance between realising the genetic gain and reducing the harmful effects of inbreeding. As selection becomes more intense, and only the very best animals are selected as parents of the next generation, breeding animals will become more related and thus more inbred. DanBred uses the state-of-the-art method of selection – optimum-contribution selection – to maximise genetic gain while controlling the rate of inbreeding.   In DanBred, we are highly effective at using genetic selection to realise the genetic gain and increase the genetic potential of pigs – in order to deliver high performance results for your …

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The future of slaughter pigs looks increasingly productive

Pig production has experienced a huge progress for daily gain, feed conversion, and lean meat percentage in the last few years. These three traits are important aspects of the DanBred breeding goal, as they are key elements in ensuring a more sustainable pig production – with an improved bottom line for pig producers.   Over the years, the traits of slaughter pigs have improved a lot within DanBred’s breeding and multiplier herds as well as in the production herds. The latest numbers from our in-herd performance testing and the boar testing station, Bøgildgård, show that the improvement has not yet …

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