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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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Umbilical hernia: New initiatives

The debate in EU about hernia is, once again, highly topical, as transportation of pigs with umbilical hernia has become an object of increasing attention. A number of initiatives in the pig pen and in the breeding can reduce the occurrence of umbilical hernia now and in the future. By: Lizette Vestergaard Pedersen, Consultant, Danish Pig Research Centre, Breeding & Genetics.   The term umbilical hernia is often used to describe all types of umbilical outpouchings. However, it’s important to be aware that umbilical hernia is only one of several possible causes of umbilical outpouchings. The most common causes of …

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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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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 strategically 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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