Monthly Archives: December 2016

Hermitage F1 Gilts at Moorepark, Ireland

The new Teagasc (Government) Research and Development farm was stocked with 200 Hermitage F1 gilts. Farrowing began in June 2016 with an average farrowing rate of 96.89 and a BA of 13.8. Hermitage staff organised the quarantine and inseminated the gilts. We wish Moorepark and this impressive facility success with all its R& D projects in the future. New Moorepark Facility pictured below:

Genomic Selection 

Hermitage has geneotyped over 2,000 pigs with a known phenotypic data over the past year.  The genotype involves reading 60,000 base pairs of DNA of individual pigs. An individual pig has approx. 3 billion base pairs in its DNA.  This information is input into a specialised computer programme where view more

New Staff Join Hermitage R & D and AI Team 

Jack Nolan and Edward Healy; who have recently graduated with degrees in Ag science have joined the Hermitage team. As students Jack and Edward worked on Hermitage farms and showed a keen interest in all areas. Hermitage are continually working on a number of R & D projects including Genomic testing, product development and AI processes. Jack Nolan (BAg Sc), Edward Healy (BAg Science), Pat Varley (PHD Ag Sc), Ann-Marie Martin (MAg Sc), Catherine Murphy (Technical Analyst), Bridget Quinlan (Technical Analyst), Liam Downey (Technical Analyst)

Synchronising Gilts Proving Very Effective

In 2015 Freneystown and Muckalee purebred units started to synchronise gilts instead of running a gilt pool and it has proved very efficient. For the first 6 months of 2016 Hermitage maternal line Landrace and Large White gilts at both units averaged a 96.4 farrowing rate and born alive of 13.6.  

Hermitage New DM Boar

The DM boar is a combination of our Top Drawer Duroc and high lean Maxgro. Their progeny show very good birth weight, great vigour and easy to manage weaners. The finishers have excellent FCR, growth, lean yield and KO%. This recent off test DM pictured, grew from 63-128kg at 1444 gram/day 2.07 FCE at 64.5% lean.  DM AI is now available.