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Developing the pigs of the future

Samples to be used in the development of the DanBred pigs of the future are already being collected. Every week, blood samples are collected from 50-60 DanBred Duroc pigs at Bøgildgård Boar Testing Station in Denmark. The samples are sent to the Laboratory for Pig Diseases in Kjellerup in Denmark, where they are centrifuged and frozen to -80 °C to ensure all important material is preserved. The samples are collected so they are ready for analysis when the next step of the project Metabolomic Selection starts. The project examines metabolites (i.e., the intermediate products formed when the body metabolises feed) …

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Selection and service are key to ensure high quality

Selection of DanBred gilts during the rearing period is key to ensure that the animals used in pig production have the highest possible levels of health and animal welfare. All animals must live up to the high expectations and standards set for DanBred breeding animals. “A good selection is one of our most important tools to ensure the high quality and longevity of the breeding animals that customers receive from DanBred,” says Tanja Jensen, DanBred Selection Manager. She heads a team of experts focusing on the selected animals’ quality – from education and certification of selectors through selection in breeding …

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10 years of genomic selection: A quantum leap for pig breeding

10 years ago, the DanBred breeding program was the first in the world to implement genomic selection for pigs, and today, genomic information is widely used for selection in most global-reaching pig breeding programs. Since its introduction, genomic selection has revolutionized pig breeding, as it ensures higher genetic gain at the same rate of inbreeding. The specific methods and technologies have undergone comprehensive developments throughout the years, and new breeding technologies are developing to increase long-term genetic gain. By Tage Ostersen, Department Manager, and Lizette Vestergaard Pedersen, Consultant, Danish Pig Research Centre.   Increased genetic gain Genomic information has revolutionized …

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DanBred delivers 3,000 breeding animals to Russia

During the second half of 2020, DanBred has successfully chartered four cargo aircrafts and delivered almost 3,000 purebred breeding animals to Russia. Keeping a strong and steady delivery schedule, all animals were shipped as planned, and great teamwork from all parties made the execution of the order an unmitigated success.   Earlier this year, RusAgro ordered a total of 2,955 purebred DanBred breeding animals for split delivery between weeks 32 and 50 with the intention of entering the animals into their local breeding and production farms. The company, which is the second largest pig producer in Russia with more than …

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Written by Trine Friis Pedersen, Consultant, SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre, Livestock Innovation Abstract There is a great potential for improving piglet survival, leading to even more weaned piglets per litter. The key elements that enable sows to wean many piglets are healthy sows and piglets, the right nutrition and the right mangement throughout the lactation period. Therefore, although managing sows with high litter size is not an easy quick-fix, but implementing the right routines will increase the herd productivity. Improving piglet survival starts before farowing, by moving healthy sows in the right condition and in the correct time …

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DanBred introduces new state-of-the-art transporter

Every year, DanBred exports thousands of breeding animals from Danish breeding and multiplication herds to pig producers worldwide. In Europe, they are transported in DanBred’s trucks approved by the Danish Health Management System (SPF-SuS). Now DanBred expands this fleet with a new type of trailer with integrated air-conditioning, UV system, temperature sensors, CO2 and moisture meters, and solar cells on the roof. These functions are all designed specifically to ensure sustainable transportation with an emphasis on animal welfare and health. During the past years, DanBred has fulfilled its ambitions to build a significant transport capacity to ensure that DanBred can …

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