Pig production in the US is largely focused on serving domestic markets.
Hypor is a relatively young player in the US. Hypor Libra was first imported from Canada, until five years ago, when a US nucleus herd was established. Since then, the strengths of Hypor Libra and Hypor Libra Finishers have helped Hypor establish a foothold in the tough US market.
“The US market has traditionally focused on selection on the basis of reproduction traits that deliver the maximum number of piglets at farrowing, however, using lines known for extremely high total born can often lead to low-viability pigs,” said Brent Gary, Hypor’s US Sales Manager. “Hypor’s focus is on total performance, not just at farrowing. Our commitment to balanced breeding with Hypor Libra has resulted in a dam line program that optimizes the quantity and quality of finishers produced. Hypor Libra sows wean large litters of lean, efficient, durable and fast growing pigs without requiring a lot of help from nurse sows and farrowing room staff. Hypor Libra piglets are more likely to survive and less likely to need assistance. They achieve better feed conversion, higher growth rates and higher slaughter weights.”
The US leads in many trends in global pig production. Slaughter weights continue to increase year-by-year. Ten years ago, the standard slaughter weight of finishers was approximately 255 lbs (115kg), now it is 280 + lbs (127kg). Hypor Libra Finishers can achieve these weights, with an optimal feed efficiency to produce a high quality carcass that meets all US packers’ standards.
“There is enormous potential for Hypor Libra and Hypor Libra Finishers in the US market,” added Brent. “We have received a great deal of positive feedback on the performance of Hypor Libra sows –our customers find them exceptionally calm and easy-to-manage, efficient, hardy and quickly to return to estrus. And Hypor Libra Finishers from a wide variety of boars do extremely well. The complete package helps US pig producers improve total system profitability. We anticipate that growth in the use of Hypor Libra across the US will be significant in the next few years.”