TOPIGS researchers are continuously working on improved breeding techniques, AI and the development of new genetic products. TOPIGS studies the genes that are important for pork quality characteristics, ranging from meat color and drip loss to loin yield.
TOPIGS has two approaches for improving the genetic value of its animals: firstly, through traditional breeding techniques and, secondly, by developing and implementing new breeding techniques such as genomics. The second approach also includes searching for new traits for selection.
Examples of new traits implemented in the breeding goals are mothering abilities, sow longevity, vitality, and carcass and meat quality. Traits such as reducing post-slaughter, quality-lowering aspects will be also part of the breeding goal.
All TOPIGS breeding value calculations are performed with the help of Pigbase, the largest most sophisticated database of its kind in the world. Pigbase contains current data from more than 250,000 sows in production and their progeny. It also contains historical data from more than 20 million pigs. The data stored in Pigbase covers the entire production chain, making it a powerful monitoring instrument.