40 million pigs in Pigbase

Topigs Norsvin’s breeding database, Pigbase, has achieved it’s 40 millionth entry.
calendar icon 5 April 2018
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Pigbase, Topigs Norsvin’s breeding database, now contains data from more than 40 million breeding pigs. Pigbase contains pig data gathered at nucleus farms, commercial farms, and slaughterhouses. It also contains genomic data and data gathered from cut-out sessions, CT scans and other innovative measuring protocols used in our breeding program and research.

The 40 millionth pig in Pigbase is a piglet born mid-March at Calvern Farms, a Topigs Norsvin nucleus farm in Canada. Calvern Farms breeds TN Tempo sire line and is part of the new breeding infrastructure being built up in Manitoba, Canada. The centerpiece of this is the new central testing station Delta Canada that will become operational this summer and will test TN Tempo and Z-line dam lines.

Pigbase links the Topigs Norsvin breeding farms with each other, thus creating a single large population of breeding pigs. Worldwide a total of more than 1000 breeding farms in over 40 countries are included in Pigbase. This makes it possible to achieve high genetic progress and to rapidly disseminate this around the world to our customers.

Photo: Eric Penner and Cathy Penner of Calvern Farms with the 40 millionth pig in Pigbase

As reported by Topigs Norsvin

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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