Danbred North America is introducing a new herd recording and data transfer system, which will directly link its nucleus herds via the Internet to the Danish national breeding program.

This will allow nucleus herds in the United States and Canada to compare breeding values for individual pigs with those in the Danish herds in real time.

The Danish breeding system, which involves 43 nucleus herds with more than 9,000 sows, is operated by producers’ organization Danish Slaughterhouses. It has used software for 18 months to automatically transfer data from farms to a central computer. Each week, breeding values and index scores are calculated for every pig in the system and the information can be accessed by breeders from the DS Web site or downloaded.

While information on individual pigs in Denmark has always been available to Danish breeders, the North American operation has historically utilized its own genetic software but will now submit information directly from the nucleus farms to the Danish breeding database.

Source: Danbred North America