Pig breed produces large litters
Van Dijck’s Hypor “Large White” gilts are averaging 13.5 live piglets.
With an average of 15 piglets born alive, 2017 is shaping up to be a good year for Hypor’s partner Leon van Dijck, the owner of Schweinehaltung Düben GmbH and C. A Nucleus farm in Düben, Germany which works with Hypor genetics for many years now.
Van Dijck’s Hypor “Large White” gilts are averaging 13.5 live piglets, while parity two and parity three sows are averaging 14.9 and 15.5 piglets respectively. In the first months of 2017, Van Dijck has weaned 14.3 piglets with his gilts.
Van Dijck attributes the high success rate to a combination of the mothering ability of the Hypor Large White sow, management and qualified employees.
Van Dijck’s Hypor Large White grandparent stock are bred with Hypor Landrace boars to supply quality replacement Libra gilts to pork producers around Europe. The Hypor Libra produces a sufficient amount of colostrum and is bred to wean large litters. Piglets that get sufficient amounts of colostrum have a healthier start and are more likely to perform better later in life.
Van Dijck weighs each piglet at birth and again at 14-days to ensure that he is selecting the sows that have a good supply of milk, which will wean large litters of full value piglets.
Hypor is a suppliers of pig genetics. With its head office located in Boxmeer, The Netherlands, Hypor has strategically-located and interconnected breeding centers in North America, Europe and Asia. Hypor is part of Hendrix Genetics, a multi-species breeding company with primary activities in layer-, turkey-, swine-, aquaculture -and traditional poultry breeding. Headquartered in Boxmeer, in The Netherlands, Hendrix Genetics provides expertise and resources to producers in more than 100 countries, with operations and joint ventures in 24 countries and more than 2.400 employees worldwide.