Our primary focus area is the promotion of startups in the field of pig farming through seed money, strategic as well as operational backing.
Genetic trends in pigs can be fast but it takes about 3 to 5 years for the changes to actually take place in the production herds and for the consumers to experience the benefits. Present pig breeding programs have breeding goals including traits of interest, the relative significance of these traits and the direction for improvement. The traits of interest depend of the expected market requirements of pork set by consumer’s expectations and willingness of the society too accept production methods. Therefore, a good prediction of future trends is necessary. Pork chain development combined with information technology facilitate to sample breeding goal associated phenotypes (traits) in a cost effective manner. As you can see in figure XXX the current interests of farmers, citizens, governments representing the society and food industry requires new “phenotypes”: vitality, uniformity, robustness, welfare and health and traits to reduce the carbon food print of pork production, while keeping the production efficiency and product quality.
Improving vitality will result in better survival of piglets during the prenatal period, less piglets born dead, no dead or sick pigs in suckling, nursery and finishing, less sows culled after first parity and lower sickness and mortality in older sows. Improving of uniformity at different levels in the production chain has a positive effect on the management of the animals and on the processing. Uniformity in birth weight of a litter decreases mortality especially of smaller piglets. Uniformity in protein deposition leads to more uniformity in growth and the age at the required s