Norsvin innovation boosts profits
Pork producers in the US and around the world benefit
from Norsvin's innovative genetic evaluation, according to the
In March Norsvin implemented computer tomography (CT) in the new boar
testing facility near Hamar, Norway. Norsvin now CT scans 3,500 live boars
annually, contributing the highest accuracy possible to genetic improvement and
selection, says the company.
The new facility expands the number of boars evaluated annually from 2,500
to 3,500 boars. Norsvin scientists predict an annual increase in genetic
improvement of 30% for terminal lines and 17% for maternal lines, providing
improved feed efficiency, lean meat yield and sow productivity.
The power of CT for carcass and meat quality measures is combined with FIRE
system feeders capturing growth and feed efficiency data.
Less than 3% of the 3,500 boars tested are selected as nucleus level Elite
boars, contributing semen to Norsvin nucleus herds in the US, Scandinavia and
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