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Metabolomics: The missing link in genetic selection

Metabolomic selection can improve genetic gain in difficult-to-measure traits by combining whole-metabolomic data with phenotypic, pedigree, and genomic data. The metabolome is the complete set of metabolites in a sample and forms a link in the chain between DNA and phenotype. By Helle Palmø, Chief Geneticist, DanBred   New breeding technologies such as genomic selection, whole-genome sequencing, optimal contribution selection, and gene editing are developing at an increasing pace. Metabolomic selection is an emerging breeding technology based on an exciting new source of information, namely nuclear magnetic resonance (or NMR) metabolomics. NMR metabolomics measures all metabolites in a sample from …

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DANBRED DOCUMENTS €1.69 INCREASED GENETIC GAIN

We are always looking at even the smallest details to benefit your bottom line. DanBred was the first breeding company in the world to use genomic selection in its breeding work for pigs. Today, all breeding candidates are tested – an achievement that benefits the pig producers.   By taking samples of hair from all DanBred breeding candidates, we have a wealth of information about the pigs that can be used to improve breeding progress. The technology, known as genomic selection, was first deployed ten years ago. ”At the beginning, we tested 10 % of the breeding candidates, but now …

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Get practical instructions in the pigpen with the DanBred Manuals and Knowledge Hub

DanBred offers all pig producers free access to the DanBred Manuals. These manuals and DanBred’s online Knowledge Hub give managers all the tools they need to turn expert knowledge into measurable results in the pigpen. ”DanBred’s extensive knowledge library helps you get the full benefit of the genetic potential of your DanBred animals, and we share this knowledge openly. Our DanBred Manuals and Knowledge Hub are open to all pig producers,” says Head of Technical Services, Trine Lund Pedersen, DanBred. The DanBred Manuals cover many different topics, and your employees can apply the knowledge directly in the pigpen with DanBred’s …

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Is your herd living up to its full genetic potential?

Every farm has its own challenges but with strategic In-Farm Solutions from DanBred, good advice is available for everyone. Can the genetic potential be better utilised? Are there production factors that can be optimised? The answer is yes, when you choose a tailored solution from DanBred, which will help you to tackle issues and improve your operations by setting and achieving realistic and ambitious goals. “Technical managers are sometimes perceived as firemen, who uncritically busy themselves with solving all of the pig producers’ acute problems by putting out little fires everywhere. But we are much more than that,” says Søren …

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UNIFORM SOWS ARE THE WAY TO HIGH PERFORMANCE

Written by Gunner Sørensen, Senior Specialist, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre, gs@seges.dk Abstract Feed composition and feed strategy in the gestation period are crucial factors to achieve a high performing lactating sow with a satisfying longevity. A backfat thickness at farrowing of 16 – 19 mm is the goal for the feeding, but it´s also at a challenge to obtain this aim in loose housing systems, warm climate and with modern genetics. As a guideline, the first 4 weeks after insemination is the period to regulate the backfat after the previously lactation – skinny sows must be feed close to …

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Marching forward in China: Global Pig Genetic Improvement Summit

How efficient genetics and profitable support solutions from DanBred can help rebuild the Chinese pig industry! In September 2020, DanBred had the pleasure of participating in the Global Pig Genetic Improvement Summit, GPGS. Our Chinese team was present both locally in China and on the online platform to give the audience a look into how DanBred’s genetic products and support services can help make a difference to their operations. During the summit and together with our research and development partner, The Danish Pig Research Centre (DPRC), we provided detailed insights into our breeding programme, our documented results and our strong …

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