Genetic progress through balanced breeding

Our goal is to ensure the right balance between all traits in the breeding goal for sustainable genetic progress that contributes to high productivity and efficiency in pig productions worldwide.

Research & Development

Our big, professional Research & Development department at the Danish Agriculture & Food Council  takes that responsibility very seriously. They are constantly working to improve our breeding goal to make sure we follow the progress in a changeable industry.


We breed for productivity. This includes traits such as daily gain, feed conversion, lean meat percentage, and killing out percentage

A high daily gain shortens the time before your animal is ready for slaughter. This decreases your costs of production, as fewer days in the stable means you lower your costs on feed, energy, management etc.

Better feed efficiency results in pigs that produce more pork with less feed – so you can lower your costs of production. A lower feed consumption in the pig production also reduces the carbon footprint.

High-quality pork is in high demand all over the world. We select for a high lean meat percentage, matching the trend for increasingly heavier finishers. A low slaughter loss means less waste, which is good for your bottom line. It also contributes to a better utilisation of resources, which means a more sustainable pig production.


We breed for reproduction. This contains the sow’s effect on litter size.

We select for an improved number of piglets born, so the sows can produce more piglets than before. That means, fewer sows can produce the same number of finisher pigs with less feed than previously. It contributes to a higher economic gain for you and a more sustainable use of resources.


We breed for robust and healthy animals. This includes traits such as survival, piglet vitality, conformation, and longevity.

We select for the piglet’s own genetic potential to survive as well as the sow’s effect on piglet vitality. We emphasise the importance of strong, healthy piglets that are thriving, and these traits are highly genetically correlated to the number of weaned piglets. Vital piglets contribute to improved animal welfare as well as increased efficiency in your production.

We select for strong and robust pigs. Conformation is assessed as an overall score of the pig’s legs, back and posture with the aim to reduce the risk of culling for both the finishers and the sows due to leg and/or back problems. This means we get healthier pigs, which is good for animal welfare.

Sow longevity is defined as the likelihood that a sow will be mated again after weaning the first litter and serves as an indicator of the sow’s productive lifespan. We select for longevity because it contributes to improve the overall animal welfare. Animals with good longevity also contribute to your total economy, as the sows can produce more piglets per sow per year. When fewer sows can produce the same number of piglets, you can lower the total feed consumption in your production as well as the other expenses related to housing.

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