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Genetic potential and heterosis in production herds

The genetic potential of DanBred breeding animals is efficiently transferred to production farms, a study from the Danish Pig Research Centre shows. Are pig producers seeing the genetic gain attained in the purebred DanBred breeding animals in their production farms? Yes, they are. That is the conclusion of a study carried out by the Danish Pig Research Centre, where the results also show that the crossbred finishers are more disease resistant. Both create value for pig producers. Read more: The DanBred crossbred finishers – Health and Robustness Study demonstrates clear impact The Danish Pig Research Centre are the DanBred R&D …

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Press release: DanBred is moving to a new HQ

It is with great pleasure that we can reveal that the DanBred HQ is moving to a new location with newly renovated offices effective March 1st, 2021. “DanBred is on an ambitious and exiting journey for growth, and our old HQ offices could no longer accommodate our needs in terms of manpower and aspirations for the future”, says Thomas Muurmann Henriksen, CEO at DanBred. “Consequently, our new offices will have room to grow and to think outside the box, which will help take DanBred to the next level and benefit all our global customers.” The team at DanBred are hard …

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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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