Hermitage BreedDirect for Commercial Units

Hermitage offer producers two BreedDirect BLUP Programmes for commercial units:On Farm Technical support

At Hermitage we have developed our BreedDirect programme to specifically meet the requirements of our customer base. BreedDirect also offers unrivalled on-farm support and back-up services ensuring that customers needs are always taken care of.

BreedDirect Purebred BLUP Programme

With this programme, the customer will maintain approximately 10% of the commercial herd as a purebred nucleus. These purebred animals will be registered with the BreedDirect Programme and all replacements for the herd (both purebred and hybrid replacements) will be produced from this herds nucleus.

BreedDirect Rotational Cross BLUP Programme

With this programme the customer will not be required to establish a purebred nucleus within the herd. All females in the breeding herd will be registered with the BreedDirect programme. This programme will continually generate a pedigree and the top 10% will be identified and used to produce the replacements for the herd.

Under both programmes, the Hermitage technical team will setup and run the BreedDirect BLUP Programme for the herd generating a Breeding Value (BV) list which ranks the sows in the herd according to their Maternal Line Index (MLI) thus ensuring that the best sows in the herd are selected. A mating matrix is produced which identifies the best AI boar to cross with each ‘GGP/GP’ sow in the herd to maximise the rate of genetic progress per generation and to eliminate any inbreeding.

BreedDirect offers two Maternal Line Index (MLI) choices to meet your farm requirements:


MLI selection is focused on increasing numbers born alive.

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MLI selection is focused on litter weight at weaning as a means of selecting for high milk yield (a heritable trait) and subsequent growth rate.
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Producers using the BreedDirect Closed Herd  BLUP Programmes significantly reduce their genetic cost per F1 parent gilt produced, saving over €50 per gilt selected when compared to traditional purchasing of replacement females. An increasing number of producers who restocked their herds and are using the BreedDirect Closed Herd BLUP Programmes are producing over 30 pigs per sow per year.

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  • Optimize yourherds performance.
  • 24hr Online access to realtime information anytime, anywhere.
  • Maximize your herd bio-security.
  • Produce uniform, high performing herd replacements.
  • Technical support provided by the BreedDirect  genetic and production teams.
  • Maximize genetic potential of Hybrid gilts.
  • Significantly increase the accuracy of selection each generation.





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To view our explanation video on BreedDirect click here: https://youtu.be/jj8HwzGHkaQBreedDirect Video