Hypor Libra

A crossing between Hypor Landrace and Hypor Large White; Hypor Libra is the world’s most balanced F1 sow for total system profitability. An industry leader in pigs weaned per sow lifetime.

Hypor Libra

Hypor Libra stands for balance

  • Built to Last
    Robust, solid sows with underlines that can wean large litters make Hypor Libra last longer and produce consistently in intensive production environments. 
  • Efficient Breeder
    Younger age at first oestrus, clear signs of standing heat and a short weaning to mating interval make Hypor Libra easy to breed and highly efficient.  
  • Easy to Manage
    Hypor Libra is very well suited for a wide range of housing options including individual stalls and group gestation. In the farrowing house her natural behavior results in easier labor and fewer crushing accidents. The Hypor Libra is an all-around staff favorite for ease of management.  
  • Efficient Feed Utilization
    Hypor’s target for gestation and lactation feed consumption is 1000 kgs per sow per year – many Hypor Libra herds already reach this goal. 
  • Finishing Advantages 
    Hypor does not overlook that half the slaughter generation’s finishing and carcass characteristics are inherited maternally. Pig quality, uniformity, growth rate, feed efficiency, and carcass leanness are all included in Hypor’s maternal breeding objectives.

Chris Tokaruk, Key Account Manager Canada:

To me balanced breeding means a dam line program that optimizes quantity and quality of pigs produced.  It means sows that can wean large litters of lean, efficient, durable and fast growing pigs without a lot of help from nurse sows and farrowing room staff.  When we talk with producers using lines known for extremely high total born, the discussion often leads to low-viability pigs.  If they survive, those pigs are the ones more likely to die or need treatment, have poorer feed conversion, slower growth rates and lower slaughter weights. 

Quality truly starts in the breeding barn and when a breeding program lacks balance, it can create expensive problems downstream.  And the flipside is true as well. When we walk through our customers’ barns the benefits of a Balanced Breeding program are clear to see.  Do they want more pigs?  You bet they do.  I have a customer in Western Canada weaning over 31 PSY who still wants more. I think the best producers are always striving to do better and we are right there helping them achieve their goals.


Peter Gerrits, Manager Technical Services

Balanced breeding means that we value the traits accordingly to provide strong and economic animals. I travel across the world and experience every day what advantages balance brings.

Patrick Charagu, Senior Geneticist:

My perception of balanced breeding is a sow that has minimal negative attributes among the parameters that constitute production performance and animal welfare. Specifically the original idea of “balance” was a sow with good prolificacy but without the vice of low birth weight (hence non-viable) piglets. This in turn guarantees better uniformity of market pigs and hence more efficient throughput.

How does it apply in my daily job? I am a geneticist so I’d say it is in the design, implementation and maintenance of a breeding program that delivers a balanced product.



Hypor has adopted Code EFABAR: Their quote of balanced sustainable animal breeding, states:

The concept of sustainability in animal breeding has been worked out in the beginning of this decade by cooperating groups of breeders, scientists, welfare organization, ethicists, sociologists and economists. Not one aspect makes breeding sustainable, but the whole set – the balanced choices for the various markets. The set of sustainability subjects for which animal breeding can make a difference consists of: food safety, welfare and health, efficiency, environment, product quality and genetic diversity. They are all interlinked.

In animal breeding it is the balance of the various criteria for which animal breeding can make a difference that makes the breeding program and breeding result, not the individual trait.