A deeper approach
With any market pig, we breed genetic lines for breed-to-wean (BTW) value drivers and wean-to-market (WTM) value drivers—and the right balance of these categories is what keeps us efficient and profitable.
- How many pigs are in her litter?
- Can she raise them through weaning?
- What is her ability to maintain body condition and breed back efficiently?
- What is the length of her productive life, taking into account things like structural soundness and continued fertility?
- What is her ability to convert feed to lean muscle?
- What is her growth efficiency?
- What is her carcass value, especially in terms of backfat and loin depth?
- What is the probability her pigs will make it to harvest weight?
- Is her meat quality high in attributes like marbling and color?
Great sows come from great stock
While the process might sound simple, the sows we use for genetic breeding weren’t created overnight. They come from long lines of successful breeding, both from internal and industry-provided lines, and it all starts with the great grandparent (GGP) stock. From there it moves to the grandparents (GP) and then the parent (P) stock (see graphic).