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Productivity and economic progress

DanBred delivers world-class genetics and service solutions that aim for the best overall economy for you as a pig producer by simultaneously and continuously providing you with improved productivity, genetic and economic progress and technical management support. By doing so, DanBred makes it possible to produce the highest quality pork with the least possible cost; maximum output for less input.   – A breeding programme is like a super-tanker; we have to set and maintain a steady course, which we then finetune at regular intervals in order to reach our desired destination; the highest possible value for our customers. Thomas …

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Balanced breeding for ambitious results

DanBred’s current breeding goals include several traits, which contribute to maintaining optimal animal health and welfare for our high-performance animals.   DanBred’s breeding goals DanBred’s breeding goals are balanced and include the most economically important traits for pig producers such as finisher efficiency, maternal traits, robustness and meat quality traits. Although some traits may have an unfavourable genetic relationship with other specific traits, DanBred has been able to successfully achieve genetic progress for all traits – with subsequent impressive economic and sustainable results as well as increased productivity. The robustness trait, conformation, which was included in 1995, and the maternal …

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DanBred practices balanced breeding with documented results

DanBred regularly publishes news about our breeding goal for DanBred Duroc, DanBred Landrace and DanBred Yorkshire, and we openly share the documented record-breaking results for genetic progress that we achieve each year. In addition, we also publish news about exiting ongoing projects from our R&D department. These projects have many different focus points that may ultimately find their way into the breeding goal, but only if they live up to our breeding goal requirements; which is that they have a positive difference to production costs, have a measurable economic value, are hereditary and show genetic variation, and can be measured …

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Documenting the DanBred crossbred finishers: Health and robustness

The DanBred crossbred finishers demonstrate superior levels of health and robustness, thus leading to a reduced need for disease treatment.   Sustainable pig production requires healthy pigs, and the DanBred breeding programme therefore aims to increase the pigs’ innate ability to resist diseases. One of the breeding strategies employed to increase innate disease resistance is to use three-way crossbreds in pig production, thus reaping the full beneficial contribution from heterosis. Heterosis is defined as the progeny performing better than the average of the parents. In terms of crossbreeding, this means that a DanBred crossbred typically performs better than the average …

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Documenting the DanBred crossbred finishers: Genetic potential and productivity

The high genetic gain for growth, lean meat percentage and feed conversion in DanBred Duroc is efficiently transferred to their crossbred offspring and contributes to the high profitability of DanBred crossbred finishers. Heterosis further increases the performance of DanBred crossbred finishers to levels that exceed expectations.   The production performance of 2,552 DanBred crossbred finishers and 3,463 of their purebred DanBred Duroc paternal half-sibs was tested and compared at the Bøgildgård DanBred boar testing station. This test, which was carried out by the Danish Pig Research Centre in collaboration with the University of Aarhus, was part of a large project …

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Take care of your growing gilts – Focus on optimising vitamin D levels

By Sigrid Beth Rasmussen, Junior Quality Manager, DanBred Are you aware that the correct vitamin D status will allow gilts and sows to reach their optimal KPI’s in production, helping to maximise their genetic potential? Vitamin D is essential for the absorbtion of calcium and phosphorus, promoting healthy bone growth, helping to ensure correct conformation and longevity. Focusing on optimising the diets for gilts by the correct inclusion level of vitamin D will help to set a prime starting point for significant lifetime productivity.   Skeletal development and bone strength in gilts Conformation is one of the important selection criterias …

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