The breeding goal for DanBred is set in close cooperation between the pig producers and the slaughterhouses. The breeding objectives differ for the male and female lines.
The table below shows the traits of the breeding goal for the three breeds.
*LP5: Live piglets at day five after farrowing.
As can be seen from the table, live piglets at day 5 (LP5) and longevity after farrowing is included in the breeding goal for the dam lines, and slaughterloss is included for the sire line. Conformastion is weighed twice as much in the dam lines as the sire line.
Longevity is defined as the probability of a gilt inseminated for first litter to proceed to insemination for second litter after weaning of the first litter. It was included as a breeding goal in August 2006. LP5 was introduced in May 2005.
Conformation is a subjective evaluation of the physical appearence of the individual animal.
From time to time, changes in genetic parametres and economic coefficients caused by selection and the production/marketing situation justify an adjustment in the ranking of breeding stock. This is considered every 3 or 4 years.
As can be seen, great progress in LP5, daily gain, lean meat percentage and feed conversion ratio is expected.