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Flushing gilts initiated 5-7 days before service in second heat increases litter size

By Thomas Sønderby Bruun, Senior Specialist, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre Abstract: Maximizing litter size in first parity is of outmost interest to optimize herd productivity. Boar exposure should be used strategixcally at the right gilt age and weigt to induce first heat. This allows the staff to plan the time for first service in the second heat and thereby to plan when to start the flushing period. Flushing in second heat has the potential to improve litter size in first parity. To discover the effects of flushing on hyper-prolific DanBred gilts, a large-scale experiment was conducted. Close to 2,000 …

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DanBred Duroc: Sustainable and documented breeding for more than 30 years

DanBred Duroc makes your business highly competitive, giving you more pork for less costs! DanBred Duroc is used as the terminal sire in the DanBred cross-breeding program, where the performance is excellent in combination with the DanBred Hybrid. DanBred Duroc produces large litters as well as fast growing finisher pigs with low feed conversion ratio and a high lean meat percentage. As an extra benefit DanBred Duroc produces carcasses with an excellent meat quality. DanBred Duroc originates from North America; the race was imported to Denmark in the 1970s. Through decades of professional selection, the breed has been genetically improved …

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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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Breeding for robustness in pigs: Conformation

This is the first of two articles on breeding for robustness in pigs and focuses on confirmation. The second article will cover sow longevity. by Dr Birgitte Ask, Senior Scientist, Genetics and Lizette Vestergaard Pedersen, Consultant, Danish Pig Research Centre. The breeding of robust pigs is a substantial key input factor to global pig production and ensures healthy and strong animals. Robust pigs are more resistant to changes in their environment. They stay fit and free of infections and diseases and maintain a high productivity. This improves the financial position of pig producers and improves animal welfare in pig production. …

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BREEDING FOR SOCIAL PIGS: A NEW ASPECT OF GENETIC PROGRESS

Why social pigs are a gain for DanBred customers Great news. The results from this unique study pave the way for new opportunities for setting even more balanced breeding goals that can improve productivity and welfare simultaneously. In the future, this means the inclusion of a new social trait in the DanBred breeding goal, which will improve genetic gain in daily gain by an additional 5 -10 %. Furthermore, this may also contribute to improved animal welfare – simply because a sweet and social pig is supporting its pen mates in a positive manner. At this very moment, Danbred has …

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DanBred launches new manual for handling on-farm boars

Building on the success of the Sow & Gilt Manual launched in the autumn of 2018, DanBred now releases a new comprehensive boar handling manual. This is part of DanBred’s increasing commitment to knowledge sharing and working together with leading pig producers for profitable growth. Trine Lund Pedersen, Head of Technical Services at DanBred, says: “DanBred Boars are high quality, performance tested animals. The management and facilities should match the quality of the boars to release their full genetic potential. We now want anybody who has an in-house AI facility, to access all the necessary tools to build the foundation …

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