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The latest science, news and swine breeding research and genetics information on sows, hogs, boars, gilts and piglets to help pig producers maximize herd performance and yields from the editors of Pig International magazine. Topics include sow single-fixed time insemination, boar taint and breeding boars. Register for free to access premium content.


Hendrix Genetics CFO Claessens retiring

He will be succeeded by Mariëtte Ferrari
Luc Claessens, is retiring as the chief financial officer (CFO) of Hendrix Genetics, effective March 31, 2018. Mariëtte Ferrari, who is currently serving as the company’s ERP director, will be promoted to CFO effective April 1, 2018.
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Mastitis in sows: A perennial problem

This condition can have serious consequences for the sow and piglets, both in the short and long term.
Inflammation of one or more of the mammary glands is referred to as mastitis. In the lactating sow, clinical onset is about 12 hours postpartum, having started at farrowing.
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Hendrix Genetics makes top management changes

Company makes additions to executive committees, names COO and managing director of turkey business unit
Hendrix Genetics is making a number of organizational changes it its top management, effective January 1, 2018.
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Illinois pig farmer shares perspective of gene editing on animal agriculture

California event addresses role of emerging technology on human, animal and crop health
Science and ethics experts took part in a first-of-its-kind conference on the role of gene editing. CRISPRcon - a summit named for the genome editing technique creating Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) - brought together a diverse set of panelists to discuss this emerging technology.
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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.
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Exclusive: How sow single fixed-time insemination works

Knowing more about this new technique can help overcome challenges.
The development and approval of a new generation of reproductive hormones for advancing and synchronizing ovulation in swine has been attracting attention for their application use of single fixed-time insemination (SFTI). The technology is based on the administration of a hormone to sows after weaning and is followed by only one timed insemination the next day.
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