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DanBred is ready for the future

A few years into its new company structure, DanBred is finding its place in the world. A constant focus on customer needs and what will influence the market for pig production and genetics in the future guides all decision processes in DanBred. Thomas Muurmann Henriksen, CEO at DanBred, shares his thoughts on what the future holds for global pig production.   Knowledge and expertise have always formed a solid foundation for us, and we are confident in the hard work our R&D department carries out day after day, year after year. We are focused and, in many ways, our products …

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Feeding gilts during the rearing period

By Thomas Sønderby Bruun Senior Specialist, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre    Abstract Feeding the rearing gilt is the key to longevity and prolificacy. DanBred Hybrid gilts should have at least 12 mm of backfat and a weight of 140–155 kg at first service. Feeding the rearing gilts according to the recommended feeding curve and with diets containing moderate levels of SID crude protein and SID lysine provides an opportunity to inseminate gilts in their second heat at an age of 230–250 days. To maximize litter size, flushing, i.e. minimum 3.4 kg of feed/day, should be initiated at 5–7 days …

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Prepare the creep pre-farrowing instead of creep training

Lisbeth Ulrich Hansen, Senior Research Scientist, Danish Pig Research Centre   Abstract Significantly more piglets use the creep during specific resting periods on day 2 after farrowing if the creep is prepared with approx. 2 cm straw, a sock with wheat grains and a jute sack which the sow had used as nesting material compared the traditional creep training. This trial included two groups (control and trial) with a total of 395 litters. In the control group, creep training was performed in connection with the two first feedings d 1 and 2 post-farrowing. In the trial group, a dedicated effort …

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Ensuring optimal health – gilt introduction

By Lola Kathe Tolstrup, Senior consultant, DVM, PhD, SEGES Danish Pig Research Center, Livestock Innovation.   Abstract Gilts introduced in the sow herd must preferably have the same or higher health status as the sow population, to which they are being introduced. This is to ensure a match of the immune system capacity in the whole herd. If un-matched there can be disease outbreaks with costly consequences. Even though health status is matched, appropriate quarantine facilities and procedures are necessary to prevent introduction of new diseases into the herd as well as to protect new gilts from severe clinical disease …

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Breeding for robustness in pigs: Longevity

This is the second of two articles on breeding for robustness in pigs. This article focuses on sow longevity. The first article covered conformation. by Lizette Vestergaard Pedersen, Consultant and Bjarne Nielsen, Chief Scientist, Danish Pig Research Centre. Robust pigs are healthier, stronger, more resistant to changes in their environment and maintain a high productivity. Therefore, pig breeding companies include indicator traits for robustness – such as conformation and longevity – in their breeding goals.   Longevity – an indicator for robustness Sow longevity (Longevity) is an indicator trait for robustness. Longevity is generally defined as the length of productive …

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Increased focus on robust DanBred animals through additional breeding progress for conformation

Breeding & Genetics, SEGES Pig Production constantly strives to increase the breeding progress for DanBred’s customers. A new method for evaluating the breeding animals’ genetic heredity for conformation will ensure an even better robustness of slaughter pigs and sows through increased leg and back strength. Today, the conformation of the breeding candidates in DanBred’s breeding program is evaluated at the end of the performance test in all nucleus herds. This is also a part of the station test at Bøgildgård. Annually, the expert technicians evaluate the conformation of between 90.000 and 100.000 of the performance tested animals. The conformation score …

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