Annual results 2016
During 2016 Hampshire have has shown good results and progress. Last autumn, the breeding goal for Hampshire was adjusted, higher economic weight are put on production traits such as growth and feed intake, as well as for osteochondrosis. Traits that have shown great success in recent years, such as fat thickness and meat percentage have got a lower weight in the breeding goal. The goal of the sire line is pigs with high growth and meat percentage, effective feed conversion and good durability. In addition to the great progress of these traits, the RN gene gives Hampshire its unique meat quality. Hampshire has also proven to be extra resistant to E. coli through DNA analyzes.

The results for 2016 show that the boars have had a mean growth of 733 grams per day from birth to 100 kg, so only 134 days to 100 kg! The fat thickness at 100 kg has decreased 0.4 mm to 7.6 mm.

The boars tested in feeders have consumed 141 kg of feed between 35 and 100 kg, which is 10 kg less compared to last year! In the same period they have grown 1098 grams per day, which is an increase of 60 grams per day compared with last year. The results from slaughter show that osteochondrosis still remains at a very low level. During the year, the meat percentage for all slaughtered Hampshire animals (gilts and boars) was 62.0 %.

The genetic trends show that the total profit in the last four years is 21 SEK per slaughter pig and year. Growth looks really good; 0.5 fewer days to 35 kg and 1.3 fewer days to 100 kg. Feed intake decreases by 1.6 kg per pig and year (period 35-100 kg). The meat percentage increases by 0.7 % per year and the fat thickness decreases by 0.4 mm.

Previously, live boars have been exported to JSR Genetics, but since the build-up of their nucleus they are now producing their own AI boars and boars for commercial herds. During the year, frozen semen doses have been exported to the nucleus in UK, as well as to a customer in Switzerland.

The collaboration together with JSR Genetics in Great Britain continues as planned and there are continuously new Hampshire litters born. Previously, live boars have been exported to JSR Genetics but nowadays they are producing their own AI boars and boars for commercial herds. During the year, frozen semen doses have been exported to the nucleus in UK, as well as to a customer in Switzerland.

Pleasingly, an increase in demand for Hampshire is seen in the herds. The sales with Hampshire semen in Sweden increased by 11.4 % in 2 016, and by 26.3 % in Norway. It is a clear sign of how cost effective and appreciated Hampshire is!
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