BreedDirect combines a BLUP based software programme with expert genetic support which is used to predict the genetic merit of animals based on their on-farm performance for a group of traits of economic importance.
Each purebred animal is identified with a unique identification number at birth. This number is registered in the BreedDirect BLUP system.The programme then examines every record in the BreedDirect BLUP database, analysing the performance of the individual animal and all its relatives across all PIC- Hermitage herds worldwide. Economically weighted breeding values for each measured trait of economic importance are then calculated and finally a single Maternal Line Index (MLI) for the selected animal is created.
• BreedDirect Purebred BLUP Programme
With this programme, the customer will maintain approximately 10% of the commercial herd as a purebred nucleus.These purebred animals will be registered with the BreedDirect Programme and all replacements for the herd (both purebred and hybrid replacements) will be produced from this herds nucleus.
With this programme the customer will not be required to establish a purebred nucleus within the herd. All females in the breeding herd will be registered with the BreedDirect Programme.This programme will continually generate a pedigree and the top 10% will be identified and used to produce the replacements for the herd.
“An increasing number of producers who restocked their herds and are using the BreedDirect Purebred BLUP Programme are producing over 30 pigs per sow per year’’