DNA Genetics recently completed the installation of 80 FIRE (Feed Intake Recording Equipment) Pig Performance Testing Feeders to advance their swine genetic tests at a new, facility in eastern Nebraska.
The $4 million facility, called the InSight Performance Center, now has the capability to gather important performance data from more than 7,500 boars each year.
At the InSight Performance Center, DNA Genetics collects feed intake data using the Osborne FIRE Pig Performance Testing Feeder, on boars from three nucleus breeds: Duroc, Yorkshire and Landrace. The public can observe boars being tested with FIRE thanks to a bio-secure observatory conference room at the center. The area is open to groups and individuals who want to further understand the swine genetics industry and how animals are cared for and housed.
“Installation of the Osborne FIRE System, providing the ability to measure feed intake, results in a tremendous enhancement to our ability to accurately improve feed efficiency in all lines,” said Dr. Tom Rathje, chief technical officer. “The insight we will gain from this information will not only impact the selection program, but will provide a deeper understanding of the growth curves and optimal diets for the DNA pig. This knowledge will deliver enhanced value to our customer base and help them to extract more of the genetic potential we make available to them.”
FIRE, the gold standard in pig performance testing technology, is used by swine genetics companies all around the world. The system automates the measurement of individual daily feed intake and other important performance characteristics of growing animals for genetic, feed and pharmaceutical testing.
DNA Genetics, owned and operated by Nebraska agri-business families, and based out of Columbus, Neb., is focused on producing the finest genetics for North American pork producers.