SwineHealth News for November 11, 2019
Topigs Norsvin Canada's creation of its Research Centre Delta has allowed for the self sufficient distribution of its genetic stock from Canada.
Just over one year ago Topigs Norsvin Canada, a subsidiary of Topigs Norsvin Worldwide headquartered in the Netherlands, opened its Research Centre Delta Canada in the RM of Woodlands.
The accomplishments of the new centre were highlighted last week during the Topigs Norsvin Canada 2019 awards banquet.
John Sawatsky, the Sales Manager with Topigs Norsvin Canada, says the company's goal worldwide is to provide the very best most efficient genetics possible.
Clip-John Sawatsky-Topigs Norsvin Canada:
The research centre was the first move from our parent company in the Netherlands to establish a genetic pool and genetic base in Canada.
That was done mainly because of our health of animals in Canada where we are allowed to export virtually to any country in the world.
When we can do that the genetic pool of our genetic material from around the world will begin to concentrate and expand in Canada and we will thus export to other countries the genes that we produce here so it's opened up quite a big opportunity for us.
The two things that evolved from Delta was the creation of a genetic pool.
If you're doing it right you want to have at least a minimum of one thousand sows per line producing a certain genetic line.
With Delta Canada we have more than a thousand sows of the Z-line and we have a thousand sows of our Tempo which is a terminal boar, very very successful in the North American market and it allows us to select the very very best in high volumes.
We off-test 144 boars every week there so it give us the creme de la creme if you will.
Sawatsky says it all equates to efficiency.
He notes feed represents 65 to 70 percent of the cost of producing pork so we need to produce a lot of weaned pigs per sow and those pigs need to move efficiently through the barn to produce high quality pork.
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