Breeders can select piglet sex

New genetic technology could lead to more female piglets being born, thus reducing the number of castrations or unnecessary slaughter needed.

The reason behind this is the signing of a global deal for a technology which could allow pig breeders to pre-select the sex of new-born animals. The deal is between Ovasort Limited and the owners of Danish Bacon.
It is expected that converting the results from the laboratory into a commercial product will take between one to two years.

R & D

Ovasort, a company originally attached to the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science and now based in Wales, is undertaking a research and development programme. The team hopes to develop the world's first low-cost, high-volume sperm separation technology acting at the cell surface, allowing production of male-enriched or female-enriched pig semen.
This technology, filtering out male Y-chromosome cells by producing molecules that bind female X-chromosome cells, could dramatically improve the commercial efficiency of supplying breeding gilts (young female pigs) to the pig industry.

Global agreement

Ovasort has signed a global licensing agreement for the use of the technology in pigs with Danish Pig Production who operate as Danish Bacon in the UK. The major Norwegian pig-breeding co-operative, Norsvin, will also work with Danish Pig Production.

Related websites:
• Ovasort Ltd
• Norsvin

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