Cefn Closed In-House Nucleus (CIN)- Breeding a Better Future

The CIN program has proven to be hugely successful since its introduction over the past 15 years.

The CIN concept is based on the triple benefits of reducing disease risks on farms, with the genetic progress made by using Cefn PigBLUP Program, and reducing costs. Bio-security is one of the major concerns of large farming operations. Entry of new breeding stock always presents a risk to the health status, even when all possible precautions are taken.

The CIN concept enables producers to upkeep a genetic level, without the need for entry of animals. Using your current stock as the base line,  only semen is brought onto the farm. It allows cost savings as multiplier premiums can be passed onto the producer and there are no pig freight costs.  

In CIN herds, a complete breeding scheme achieved, yielding a Clifton Gilt. 

Female Line Great Grand Parent Sows (GGP) are mated pure to produce the next generation of Great Grand and Grand parents. Grand Parent-sows (GP) are mated using semen from the top ranked males to produce Clifton Gilts. Clifton Gilts are inseminated with semen from the higher ranked Al Meatmaster boar lines to produce the Commercial Slaughter Pigs.

Individual performance data is collected on the farms and is entered into sow management recording system weekly to the central breeding database managed by Cefn’s own Geneticist based in Queensland. This data links the local herd with the central nucleus herds and other CIN and multiplication herds in order to calculate BLUP (Best Linear Unbiased Prediction) breeding values with PigBLUP system. As a result, highly accurate breeding values are available allowing accurate selection of animals for the next generation.

Through the Cefn program producers have access to the best available maternal sires from the Al Centres. The program starts with high health animals and guarantees higher performance and lower than average losses combined with lower veterinarian costs. The producers benefit from regular technical support visits and benchmark comparisons against other producers within the system. This tool enables them to steer their program and make tailor-made final products.

 

Generating maximum technical performance and reducing the cost of production due to access to top genetics in a key advantage of the CIN concept. Another advantage of the CIN is that when compared to the investments required for conventional replacement systems producers do not need to regularly purchase breeding stock. This reduces the high veterinarian cost due to disease risks and also reduces poor performance due to lower health status. With the CIN producers don’t experience the conventional delay in dissemination of genetic superiority from GGP to F1 level.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIS PROGRAM


 

The KIS program was released in 2016 and is aimed at smaller producers or producers with time constraints but still want to have the benefit of a closed herd system.

The KIS (Keep In-house Simple) concept is based on the triple benefits of reducing disease risks on farms, with the genetic progress made by using proven CEFN family lines, and reducing costs. Bio-security is one of the major concerns of large farming operations. Entry of new breeding stock always presents a risk to the health status, even when all possible precautions are taken.

The KIS concept enables producers to upkeep a genetic level, without the need for entry of animals. Only semen is brought onto the farm. It allows cost savings as multiplier premiums can be passed onto the producer and there are no pig freight costs.

In KIS herds, a simple breeding scheme achieved, yielding a Clifton Gilt.

The best performing Female Line Great Grand Parent Sows (GGP) are mated pure to produce the next generation of Great Grand and Grand parents using proven family line boars. These family lines are fully managed to ensure you are getting quality stock and in-breeding coefficient is fully managed.

Grand Parent-sows (GP) are mated using semen from the top ranked males to produce Clifton Gilts. Clifton Gilts are inseminated with semen from the higher ranked Al Meatmaster boar lines to produce the Commercial Slaughter Pigs.

No Individual performance data is required, only the need to identify the PURE and F1 female gilts so you can select them on farm, giving the benefit of gilts already acclimatised to your Health Status.

The producers benefit from regular technical support visits and benchmark comparisons against the CEFN group within the system and still have the ability to target certain traits. When compared to the investments required for conventional replacement systems producers do not need to regularly purchase breeding stock. This reduces the high veterinarian cost due to disease risks and also reduces poor performance due to lower health status

Top genetics, Simple on farm system, Protected Health Status.


 

 

 

MIX PROGRAM

The MIX program is aimed at producers who just want quality Terminal Sire semen.

The MIX (MIX you genetics) is a Terminal Sire semen supply for producers who want superior quality, high uniformity, lean, high lean meat yield slaughter animal with advanced technology aimed at reducing FCR and allowing you to go to heavy slaughter weights.

 

2015 data showing the P2 measurement of Heavy Carcass animals from a conventional commercial herd


 

Slaughter Data – Pigs 80 to 92.5kgs Dead Weight

Female Data

Count   Ave P2 Ave Weight
1820 10.16 81.2
1633 10.43 83.6
1086 10.58 86.1
575 11.04 88.7
257 11.16 91
Total of 5371 Female pigs slaughtered averaged 86.62kgs D/Wght = 1.96% (15+mm)
Male Data
Count  Ave P2 Ave Weight
1800 9.52 81.1
728 9.63 83.7
501 9.76 86.1
299 9.95 88.5
166 9.99 91

Total of 3494 Male pigs slaughtered averaged 84.42kgs D/Wght = 0.72% (15+mm)


 

 


 

 

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