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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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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52nd Porcine Research Day

52nd Porcine Research Day

52nd Porcine Research Day

JRP 2020: Genetics session: what’s new?

The Swine Research Days (JRP) 2020 took place on the 4th and 5th of February 2020 in Paris. This year marks the first co-organization of this event by IFIP and INRAE (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment), a newly formed institute following the merger of INRA and Irstea. INRAE is now the world’s leading research organization specializing in agriculture, food and the environment.

As an introduction, Mr. Philippe Mauguin, CEO of INRAE, outlined the institute’s new guidelines. They are based on five main pillars: agro-ecology, biodiversity, climate change and risks, food and global health, and finally society and territories(inrae.fr). INRAE’s new positioning “science for life, human beings, and the earth” echoes that of Groupe Grimaud  “taking care of life” and bodes well for the fruitful continuation of our collaborations.

The genetics session, chaired by Florence Ytournel, Choice’s Director of Research and Development, focused on three main areas:

A. Genetic diversity estimated using genomic information,
B. The development of new traits and indicators for feed efficiency,
C. Product quality.

This rich and varied session echoes the changing concerns of society: maintaining biodiversity, limiting food competition between human beings and animals, ensuring animal welfare, particularly with regard to the castration of piglets, and guaranteeing product traceability.

Additionally, nearly half of the presentations in this session were based on the results of the European Feed-A-Gene(feed-a-gene.eu)project, whose closing seminar took place on the 22nd and 23rd of January in Rennes. Specifically, it emerged that there is heritable genetic variability between pigs in terms of the ability to digest more fiber-rich raw materials, for example from co-products. The research undertaken also raises hopes of the discovery of blood markers on food efficiency.

There is still a long way to go before such measures can be routinely implemented in our breeding schemes, but new themes are emerging in order to be able to take care of animals, the planet and humans in a synergistic way.

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