A boar with a chicken’s consumption index

A boar with a chicken’s consumption index

A boar with a chicken’s consumption index

1.54: this is the consumption index not of a chicken, but of the best EXCELIUM boar specially selected on the consumption index.

While the French average in production production is around 2.85, that of the total population of EXCELIUM animals is 2.10. This new record at 1.54 IC 30-115kg is a testament to the very sustained selection effort on the food efficiency of pig lines at CHOICE GENETICS. Food efficiency is the number one key to the Natural Concept.

The EXCELIUM boar was launched at SPACE 2017 and many users are won over. Sales are up 30 per quarter. Early users appreciate the good vigour of piglets in maternity wards. Thanks to this vigour, losses under mothers are well below average. The field results confirm that this boar is complete: it combines TMP, growth and excellent IC.

As a reminder, the consumption index (IC) is the amount of food ingested by an animal to gain one kilogram of live weight.

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Choice to meet students

Choice to meet students

Choice to meet students

From L’Ireo de Lesneven (29).

As part of the week dedicated to pig genetics for the adult training “Pork Specialization Contract” of IREO in Lesneven, Arnaud Guérin – Commercial Director and Morgane Pellen Commercial on the Finistère, were welcomed by Patricia Cadiou, head of the section for a presentation of pig genetics to students.

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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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What are the trends in pork consumption?

What are the trends in pork consumption?

What are the trends in pork consumption?

This was the theme of the day co-organized on June 13th in Lérida, Spain by Choice and UPB, its distributor for the Iberian Peninsula.

There was a full room for this event bringing together the majority of players in the Spanish pork sector. Integrators, packers, processors, food suppliers, and producers responded to the invitation. Interventions in the North American and Asian markets by Dr. Chad Stahl, a meat quality specialist at Choice and based in the United States, and Jérémie Renaud of Bleu-Blanc Coeur on consumer trends in Europe have attracted a lot of interest.

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Longevity and durability

Longevity and durability

Longevity and durability

The lowest sow mortality in the industry.

Exceptional feet and leg quality and an udder with invigorating milk production, guarantee the longest on-farm career in the industry, with 6 litters on average/cull sow. Particularly robust, CG36 sows have the lowest sow mortality in the industry.

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State-of-the-art tools for selection

State-of-the-art tools for selection

State-of-the-art tools for selection

Genomic selection is used in our maternal lines to increase the rate of genetic improvement.

The CG36 is selected using a variety of tools to create the best parent female possible.

Half of the genes that impact growth and carcass traits in the market pig come from the dam.  Because of this, it is important that these traits are included in the genetic program for the maternal lines, as well as the reproductive traits.

Feed intake, growth, and carcass traits are measured in the maternal lines.  Consumption patterns and behavioral traits are also measured as well as total feed consumed.

Feed efficiency is an example of a trait that benefits from the use of genomics because it is difficult to measure.  Other types of traits that also can be improved by genomics are those that are only expressed in one sex, that can only be observed late in the animal’s life, and those that are lowly heritable (that have a large environmental impact). The CG36 benefits from the use of this technology in the LAN and LWY lines.

A commitment from Groupe Grimaud.

The support of Groupe Grimaud’s research platform is a complementary asset in the use of innovative technologies enabling accelerated genetic progress. For example, 35 scientists in 25 research centers, processing and analyzing 8.5 terabytes of data, work daily for genetic improvement.

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