High health status Breading Animals

Efficiency of Production
 
  • Data recording and farm management
  • Genetic measurements and evaluations for swine improvement
  • Genomics – gene selection
  • Maintaining health status
  • Attenuation to vaccines
  • Animal welfare
  • Hygienic pig slaughter

Sow Productivity
 
  • Physically sound gilts and sows
  • Big appetite
  • Easy breeder
  • Prolific
  • Longevity beyond 8 parities
  • Heavy milker
  • Good mother

Easy Breeding
 
  • Good body condition as a gilt or as sow after weaning a large litter
  • Good Appetite
  • Regular heat cycles
  • Solid standing response for heat detection
  • Able to hold the boar through breeding for a good conception
  • No repeats

Pig Production
 
  • Full facilities
  • Adequate feed availability at each stage of production
  • Access to clean water 2X as much water as feed intake
  • Ambient temperature control Range 16oC – 25oC
  • Clean pens and spaces
  • Farrowing rate (85%)
  • Litter size born (12.5)
  • Piglet mortality (10%)
  • Piglet weight at weaning (7 kg 26 days)
  • Pigs weaned/litter (11.5)
  • Growth rate finishing (850 g/day)

Sow Productivity
 
  • Sow and litter comfort
  • Adequate space for farrowed sows and large litters
  • Water for sow and piglets
  • Good ventilation
  • Cleanliness

Growing pigs
 
  • Small or large groups per pen
  • Provide adequate space, no crowding
  • Access to good feed in non-wasteful feeders
  • Access to clean water (2 litres/min)
  • High feed intake (appetite)
  • Rapid growth rate
  • Maximal carcass composition Lean yield % Muscle vs fat vs bone
  • Low backfat thickness