Still, the pig production world is changing at a steady fast pace. An increasing number of pig producers wish to produce heavier finisher pigs (130 kg) with an optimum leanness
while keeping excellent performances of growth and feed efficiency. Modern pig production takes more and more place in large-scale farms with conditions that can be challenging. This means that to satisfy our clients' demands we need to produce a terminal boar
that, above its excellent technical characteristics, provides extra robustness
to fit the diverse production systems of our clients.
By collaborating with PIC we have connected our genetic herds to the PIC Danish Lines issued from the populations of Møllevang Genetics
(which was one of the best nucleus farm of the former Danish Pig Breeding system). This has improved the quality of the animals that we propose to our clients.
The size of the Duroc Elite populations, including the Otrada population, is close to 4 000 Duroc sows. This significantly increases the opportunities to find the genetically superior animals that drive the improvement
of the whole population, compared to smaller nucleus populations. It is at least twice the size of any another genetic company breeding a Duroc line.
This population is spread in different countries (Denmark, Northern Ireland, USA, Spain and Russia so far), which has several advantages for our clients:
- Bringing more security for deliveries of boars in case of health problems in a specific geographical zone.
- Assessing the animals under different circumstances brings more robustness to the indexes calculated throughout the population.