Organised pig breeding has existed in Denmark since the 1890s. Today, DanBred runs a modern, unique and highly effective breeding system, which makes sure the best breeding animals are always available to pig producers.
The best breeding animals are selected generation by generation for further breeding. Selection is made based on the results of production, fertility and slaughter traits exhibited throughout the entire DanBred population. Our aim is to make sure all DanBred breeding animals meet the requirements set by professional pig producers all over the world at any given time.
Our breeding programme results in productivity that is significantly higher than our competitors’. DanBred breeding animals are characterised by high fertility, large viable litters, outstanding feeding conversion, low slaughter loss and a high meat percentage. Each day, our professional development department at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Pig Production, works to optimise breeding so that DanBred stays ahead of the competition.
At DanBred, we focus on health and high genetic quality. Our breeding work concentrates on three breeds: DanBred Landrace (LL), DanBred Yorkshire (YY) and DanBred Duroc (DD). These three breeds form the basis of the DanBred crossbreeding programme.
DanBred Landrace (LL) and DanBred Yorkshire (YY) are supreme as dam lines in the crossbreeding program. The breeds combine high fertility, good mothering abilities and high longevity to create the perfect DanBred Hybrid (LY or YL), which is a first cross between a DanBred Landrace and a DanBred Yorkshire. The hybrid is ideal as a basis for the production of finishers.
We use the DanBred Duroc (DD) in our crossbreeding program as a sire line for the production of finishers. The DanBred Duroc features optimum growth, effective feed conversion and delivers premium meat quality. Crossing the DanBred Duroc boar with the DanBred Hybrid sow has a positive effect on the production economy.
The DanBred Landrace is one of the female breeds used in the Danish crossbreeding programme for the production of YL sows/gilts. The Landrace has a exceptional carcass quality. Because of their high fertility, Landrace sows are often used as dams for YL sows, which are the best hybrid sows for the production of finishers. DanBred Landrace is a strong pig with solid legs. It is known for its high quality meat.
Like the DanBred Landrace, the DanBred Yorkshire is also used as a female breed in the crossbreeding system. It is the best breed with regard to daily gain, feed conversion, meat percentage and meat quality. That is why this breed is used (in a smaller extent) as a terminal sire for finishers. The DanBred Yorkshire also features high fertility and brilliant mothering abilities.
In combination with LY/YL sows, the DanBred Duroc is an effective terminal sire breed.
In Denmark, there is a long tradition for using Duroc boars as the terminal sire and LY/YL sows as mothers of finishers. Crossing these three breeds enables pig producers to benefit from hybrid vigour which results in optimal daily gain, a high meat percentage and excellent quality meat. For example, DanBred Duroc finishers’ daily growth is about 100 grams greater than finishers from Pietrain boars.
The DanBred Hybrid is a first cross between DanBred Landrace and DanBred Yorkshire. The DanBred Hybrid is the optimal breed-combination in the sow stock. The DanBred Hybrid ensures high efficiency in the herd by combining the high fertility and outstanding mothering abilities of the DanBred Landrace with the strength and fine meat quality of the DanBred Yorkshire. The DanBred Hybrid’s strength in leg position and body ensure high longevity, which reduces the production costs of your herd.
The DanBred Hybrid sow’s mothering abilities and potential for high milk production crossed with the DanBred Duroc breed’s unique growth potential and high feed conversion produce large viable litters. And this benefits professional pig producers all over the world. DanBred Hybrid ensures your herd’s productivity and profitability. Switching to DanBred brings superior certainty for an optimised genetic yield across your herd. Select DanBred Hybrid if you want your herd to be among the best – and ensure your herd’s future.
DanBred is synonymous with modern pig breeding. Breeding based on years of research and development which provides pig producers all over the world with the best conditions for operating a strong and competitive business.
DanBred has systematised breeding. We use DNA testing to select each and every one of our breeding animals. And since 1985, we have documented index figures for every DanBred breeding animal.
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