|Innovations at Pork Expo, Curitiba, Brazil, September 2010
Low FCR, high ADG
To advertise the genetic potential of its products, Dutch breeding organisation Topigs set up a partnership with the Brazilian swimmer and Olympic champion César Cielo Filho. The aim was to associate the athlete’s image with its new genetic lineages.
Production manager, Ricardo Cogo said, “The Talent is a synthetic line of reproducers that shows a low feed conversion rate and high daily weight gain. Together, both factors reduce feeding costs. On growing and fattening phases, the savings are between 7% and 9%. The Talent has a vigorous progeny and it results in meat and carcass of high quality, especially in the loin and haunch.”
Dam & sire lines
Agroceres PIC also showed various lines, among which were the Camborough 25 (dam line) and Agpic 425, on the sire line. Business manager, Sandro Moura, said, “Camborough 25 shows a balance between reproductive efficiency (number of piglets and weight of weaned litters/ year) and efficiency on piglet carcass growing and quality. It has high performance in feed conversion and weight gain. Its maximum feed consumption is 970 kg/ year.” Agpic 425 is indicated for production systems that prioritise higher commercial value cuts, such as loin, haunch, rack of pork and palette. It has high efficiency results for lean meat, excellent muscular mass and minimum back-fat thickness.
Génétiporc launched its ‘Saving Profitability Simulator’. With touchscreen technology, the programme helps producers to compare zootechnical rates of their farms to a fictitious one of good productivity level. Parameters are compared to other expenses, like sow inventory, feed ingredient costs, live average selling weight, price of live swine in the region and feed percentage costs. Luciano Ferreira, the programme’s creator, said: “The information is all interconnected and results can change according to the indicators that are being used. This tool shows us that all zootechnical rates have economical relevance, which may increase or decrease, depending on the scenario on which they are found.”
To identify diarrhoea causing agents in piglets, ITC do Brasil launched PiDia Plus (photo). The test, made by German company Fassisi, identifies pathogens like rotavirus, C. perfringens, Cryptosporidium parvum, besides alpha-toxins. Results are available in two minutes.
* Brazilian company Toledo found a solution for weighing problems at vibrating and washable environments. The scale 2096-H was developed, protected against dust penetration and supporting water steam jets in temperatures up to 80˚C.
* PVC film producer Sansuy marketed its Vinyl bio-digester – a system designed for effluent treatment and transformation of waste into renewal energy: biogas.