Pioneer of the “zero antibiotic”

Pioneer of the “zero antibiotic”

Pioneer of the “zero antibiotic”

For 25 years, on the whole of its pig farming, our partner GAEC Chiron, installed in Vendée, multiplier for Choice of the parent cochette CG36 is in a “zero antibiotic” approach.

On the whole farm: in maternity, post-weaning or fattening, the exclusive use of natural products is required. The use of antibiotics remains very rare.

The explanation lies in the fact that the fundamentals of breeding and the application of walking forward to maintain a good health status are applied. The credo at Gaec is that it is better to use the high-pressure washing machine than the syringe!

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Quality piglets at birth

Quality piglets at birth

Quality piglets at birth

Our sow ranks number one on the quality of piglets at birth.

Increasing the number of live births without reducing the individual weight of each piglet at birth is a challenge that Choice is proud to have succeeded. Selection methods are used to control the weight of piglets at birth. This is possible by improving the uterine qualities of the sow. Over the last four years, the number of quality piglets born has increased by +1 and the individual average weight of the piglet remains stable at 1.4kg (3.1 lbs.). The litters are therefore larger while maintaining the quality of the piglet born alive. This is a great achievement, because in most schemes, the two do not go hand in hand.

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Robust, self contained sow and Numerous nipples to naturally breastfeed more piglets

Robust, self contained sow and Numerous nipples to naturally breastfeed more piglets

Robust, self contained sow and Numerous nipples to naturally breastfeed more piglets

No.1 in teats on the market.

CHOICE’s strategy is that any piglet born alive is nursed by its mother. Along with prolificacy, the number of teats has increased. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of teats increased by 0.7 to an average of 15.8 functional teats. Thus, the piglet is raised naturally by its mother. The CG36 sow is number one in the market in the number of teats.

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More, heavier and more homogeneous at weaning

More, heavier and more homogeneous at weaning

More, heavier and more homogeneous at weaning

More than 220 lbs/100 kg litter weight at weaning.

The selection of prolificacy only makes sense if it is coupled with selection of milking ability. It is necessary to naturally farrow more and more litters. For producers, the goal is to have heavy and piglets equal in size at weaning facilitating a good start in the nursery. There has been an increase of 1.23 piglets weaned per sow over the last four years. The average weight of piglets increased from 16.3 to 16.9 lbs (28 days). At 28 days , the weight of the litter exceeds 220 lbs. Along with the number of weaned piglets, the weight of weaned piglets is also increasing. It’s another trait that Choice has succeeded in

 

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Launch of the CG36 sow, a leader in maternal qualities

Launch of the CG36 sow, a leader in maternal qualities

Launch of the CG36 sow, a leader in maternal qualities

Choice’s objective? Shake up the industry by proposing a new sow designed to be economically efficient, environmentally viable, and socially responsible.

A pioneer in genetic selection, Choice stands out in the market with a multi-criterion differentiating approach. The global launch of the new CG36 gilt is fully in line with the current dynamics of the economic and societal sustainability of swine production. It is the expression of Choice’s new positioning: “Taking care of life.”

How does this translate into the new CG36 sow?

By its ethical side, preserving resources and promoting sustainable breeding. Why? Because the CG36 sow was created and selected to ask little and give a lot. A long productive lifetime, sound feet and legs, great robustness, and the lowest rate of sow loss in the industry. Because she naturally nurses her many piglets thanks to her highly developed maternal qualities. They were born to be weaned.

Piglets that grow without intervention.

Because of her economic advantages: lower replacement rate, reduced transport of replacement gilts, less
feed and veterinary products, piglets that grow up with a low level of human intervention in farrowing and become highly feed-efficient quality market animals.

These current and future major genetic advances are being accelerated by the support of Groupe Grimaud’s research platform (35 scientists and 12% investment of net profit invested in research and development) using the latest advanced technologies.

Well cordially,

THOMAS DE BRETAGNE,
DIRECTOR CHOICE FRANCE

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CG36: A new sow to “take care of life”

CG36: A new sow to “take care of life”

CG36: A new sow to “take care of life”

Choice’s new CG36 sow, is making progress on societal expectations and current economic challenges in swine production.

The selection criteria favored by the swine genetics team focused primarily on the natural abilities and maternal qualities of the sow. The results obtained after more than 4 years of research and development highlight a sow that naturally farrows her piglets thanks to maternal qualities and a highly developed milking ability.

A sow that is capable of producing a tremendous number of pigs in her lifetime (80 weaned piglets in total) and an unmatched robustness highlighted by customers who have tested her and who have the lowest sow mortality in the industry at less than 3% per year.

Economically, this robustness translates into a lower herd replacement rate and from an ecological point of view fewer cull sows to transport to market. In the end, piglets from the CG36 grow naturally with less human interference from the farrowing house through grow-finishing as feed-efficient market animals. The Choice team, which launched its new signature “Taking Care of Life” at the end of 2018, sees the CG36 as a full expression of its positioning.

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