Sire Line Evaluation (R& D Project 3)
Hermitage has established a 120 sow hybrid herd on its nucleus unit for its sireline progeny evaluation. Hermitage understands that continuous sire line evaluation is critical to the advancement of the Hermitage product portfolio.
- Terminal lines investigated include Maxgro, Pietrain, Hermitage Duroc and Hyroc.
- To evaluate the growth performance, lean meat yield and feed efficiency of progeny from different Hermitage Terminal sire lines when crossed with Hermitage F1 hybrid females.
- To measure the meat quality characteristics and distinguish between the progeny of different Hermitage Terminal sire lines when crossed with Hermitage F1 hybrid females so as to determine which breeds best meet the meat quality requirements of the various Hermitage markets worldwide.
TLI 2 – Maxgro x F1 Hermitage Duroc x F1