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Balanced pig breeding for improved global sustainability

By Helle Palmø, M.Sc., ph.d., Chief Geneticist at DanBred   The ongoing focus on global climate change and potential solutions has never been more explicit nor pertinent than it is today. Increasingly extreme weather conditions are being recorded all over the world, and the amount of scientific evidence for the global effects of greenhouse gases on the environment is increasing. Animal husbandry, including pig production, has been drawn into question due to its carbon footprint as well as the pollution of drinking water supplies from the fertilizers and pesticides used in the production of animal feed. In the future, pork …

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Managing high litter size from farrowing until weaning

By Flemming Thorup, DVM, Senior Scientist, SEGES Pig Production, Livestock Innovation, ft@seges.dk Abstract Managing a sow with less piglets than milk glands is simple. When the number of piglets at the sow exceeds the number of milk glands, you need to improve your management. Management in the farrowing unit can be divided into 4 parts. Taking care of small new born piglets Adjusting litter size to the capacity of the sow Managing the piglets day 1- 7 Managing the piglets day 8 untill weaning Keywords: piglets, litter size, colostrum, management, nurse sows   Relevant knowledge about DanBred sows DanBred sows …

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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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