Topigs Norsvin opens new boar test and research center

Delta Norway will help the company upgrade its breeding structure
calendar icon 1 July 2024
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Topigs Norsvin opened its new boar test and research center Delta Norway in mid-June, according to a news release from the company. Delta Norway is the final element of the Topigs Norsvin strategic plan to upgrade its breeding structure, which started eight years ago. Other important steps in this plan were centralising the nucleus breeding of the Zline and TN Tempo in Canada and building Delta Canada and Innova Canada.

New innovations and an infrastructure designed for large-scale data capture at Delta Norway will significantly boost the Topigs Norsvin genetic program. For example, camera technology and sensors to observe pigs will make it possible to select for new traits that improve animal welfare and social behavior.

Delta Norway will test 5,000 young TN Duroc and Norsvin Landrace boars per year. This is 2,000 animals more than at the current Delta Norway test station, which will be converted into a unit to house boars for export. The increased capacity of the test station will mean more animals with high genetic value becoming available to meet the growing demand for Topigs Norsvin genetics worldwide.

The increased testing capacity and new technologies will accelerate genetic progress. Delta Norway is expected to increase genetic progress by an extra ten percent, especially in feed efficiency and daily gain.

This means less feed is needed, less land is used, and fewer greenhouse gasses are emitted when producing pork. With the millions of Topigs Norsvin pigs in the world, this will lead to a substantial reduction in environmental impact.

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