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 the common base pairs related to specific traits can be more accurately identified. This process is now deemed to be the scientific future for increasing genetic progress. Genomic selection is now being extended to Landrace and Large White breeds with a focus on finding genes directly related to high milk yielding sows. We will continue to evaluate.

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