Sustainability is an important driver in setting new industry standards and stimulating innovation.
To breed for efficiency, animals that consume less feed and water are selected in the breeding program. In addition animals can be selected on the basis of their residual feed intake or utilization of lower quality feed ingredients.
Hypor’s balanced breeding goals help advance the sustainability of pig production through robust animals with enhanced ability to perform in challenging environments. More tools and identification of new predictive biomarkers for animal health are being developed to select for improved robustness of animals.
Hypor upholds a unique responsibility to ensure animal welfare. We breed sows with sufficient teats for their piglets and with an excellent Weaning Capacity. Group behavior is one of the traits Hypor selects for. It has an impact on feed efficiency, growth and on the wellbeing of each individual sow, piglet and finisher.
Maintaining a high level biosecurity requires high health nuclei, back up of genetics lines and frequent health monitoring. Responsible use of antibiotics and breeding for disease resilience are the tip of the iceberg. We continuously monitor and measure animals to ensure progress on many biosecurity levels.
By applying Genomic Selection we can reduce the environmental footprint of pork production drastically in the coming 50 years. Reductions of up to 27% in Greenhouse Gases, up to 44% less Acidification and almost 58% less Eutrophication are achievable.
Standards and regulations
Setting the highest possible animal welfare standards at the beginning of the chain is vitally important to us. We have established a solid sustainability program. Today one third of our breeding goals are welfare focused. Our breeding programs are designed to create an animal food chain where the interventions demanded by modern farming are minimized, or rendered unnecessary by the inherent traits and behaviors of our breeds. Across all our species selection for resilience and robustness aims to breed animals that can recover from inevitable challenges without antibiotics. For each Hendrix Genetics’ species we have developed an animal welfare program tailored to the characteristics of the animals and the specific regulations of the sector. These standards are applied consistently across the world and always exceed the standards expected by local regulations. Next, all employees must sign our animal welfare policy, whether they have direct contact with animals or not.
We now lead the sector and we have made significant progress on the four mandatory issues we identified at the outset: animal welfare, use of antibiotics, biosecurity and health & safety.
Compassion and resilience in swine
Ensuring animal welfare means that we breed sows with sufficient teats for their piglets and with an excellent capacity to wean piglets. Group behavior is another trait we select for. It has an impact on feed efficiency, growth and on the wellbeing of each individual sow, piglet and finisher.
For both economical and ethical reasons, ending the castration of male piglets would be a huge step forward. From a production perspective, males are leaner and more feed efficient than castrates.
Responsible use of antibiotics and breeding for disease resilience are the tip of the iceberg. We continuously monitor and measure animals to ensure progress on many biosecurity levels. By applying genomic selection, we can also reduce the environmental footprint of pork production drastically in the coming years.
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