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In the future, the world’s leading breeding system shall be known by one just name throughout the world:  DanAvl. 

A threefold increase of exports makes new demands on branding as well as a better service of the customer.


In order to calculate the economic value, a simulation model of a herd has been created, in which all expenses for feed, veterinary costs, rent, salaries etc. are recorded. The proceeds of the slaughter are also recorded. The laying of the litter pen in the climate-controlled housing and then in the production pig housing is modelled. The lifecycle of the sow, including relocation – any initial locating – gestation, having a litter and moving them away is also taken into account. The model has over 200 economic and biological input parameters – which also include the traits of the breeding objective. With this data on the economic and biological relationships, the simulation model calculates the profit per kg of pig produced and then per finisher.

After this, the input parameters for each breeding trait are each individually changed by a unit – everything else remains the same. Then the simulation model calculates the profit per finisher after a given trait has been improved by one unit. The change in profit per finisher is the counter-value of the improvement by one unit of the changed trait.

The economic parameters are naturally dependent on the input parameters. If the feed prices, hourly pay rates, degree of mechanisation and invoicing prices of the slaughterhouse change, the optimum economic parameters will also change.

When changes in the breeding objective are made, efforts are made to continue the conditions for pig production for several years. In practice, the annual balances for some of the most profitable multiplier herds are used as the starting point.