+2.55 pig weaned in North
The annual reproduction benchmarking of Swine Management Systems (SMS) demonstrates that producers with Topigs Norsvin sows wean +2.55 pigs per year more than the SMS industry average. The SMS data further revealed a lower sow death loss for Topigs Norsvin producers; 3.5% below the industry average. These data confirm the highly productive and robust nature of Topigs Norsvin females.
This year’s benchmark is the first to include performance data from Topigs Norsvin’s newest parent female, the TN70. Introduced last year, more and more data of the TN70 is now included in the SMS benchmark. Thus, data for the most recent quarter in the SMS benchmark demonstrates an even greater reproductive advantage of +2.70 pigs weaned per year for Topigs Norsvin females and greater differentiation in terms of sow death loss (4.4% below the industry average).
“The TN70 is clearly having a positive impact for our customers,” notes Mike Terrill, President and CEO, Topigs Norsvin USA, “This data mirrors the feedback we have received from customers regarding improvements in reproductive performance and sow death loss. Additionally, they report improvements in both finisher performance and carcass cut-outs.”
The Swine Management Systems (SMS) database includes data from 982 farms and 1,735,000 sows throughout the USA and Canada. For the 2015/2016 benchmarking, the list of participating Topigs Norsvin customers has grown to include 95 farms and 106,000 sows.
Table: Topigs Norsvin females compared with industry average
Source: Swine Management Systems Benchmark 2015/2016
Precision phenotyping will lead to big improvements in pig breeding. Better use of CT data by using the Pig Atlas, improved ultrasound scanning, big data and other new technology will lead to more precise data contributing to extra genetic progress.
The Pig Atlas contains actual and historical CT (computer tomography) scan data of over 25,000 pigs and can be used for breeding and research. With the Pig Atlas Topigs Norsvin can use more specific data to predict the carcass and meat quality of pigs. The development of the Pig Atlas is the next step in the use of CT scan technology in breeding. A step that can be called a revolution.
Read more about the Pig Atlas and other developments in breeding. Download this PDF to learn more about the next steps in breeding.