We don’t follow fads.
That doesn’t mean we don’t use the best possible people, programs and technology to develop the best possible genetics. The Waldo Genetics terminal and maternal lines are historically proven. Still, numerous breeds and lines are regularly sampled from Canadian, European and U.S. herds to identify sires that can contribute to legitimate genetic improvement. At Waldo Genetics, our pursuit of genetic excellence never rests.
Analyzing the data to make the perfect matings
Today, computer-aided selection using Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) and Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) are the cornerstones of the Waldo Genetics selection program.
BLUP utilizes an animal’s own record along with all relatives’ records, including ancestors, siblings and progeny. So it takes into account genetic relationships as well as the relative merit of an animal within its contemporary group. BLUP estimates are adjusted for the effects of factors such as age, sex, parity, litter size, herd and off-test weights.
EBV is calculated using the BLUP formula and is based on direct measures of animal performance or the performance of relatives and progeny.
It’s all pretty technical, but here’s the bottom line. You need good selection formulas to make good matings. And you need good data to build good formulas. So Waldo Genetics does everything possible to gather and generate good data.
How we generate data
We work with the National Swine Registry (NSR) and utilize their Swine Testing and Genetic Evaluation System (STAGES™) and Herdsman™ record-keeping systems. We also collect and generate data with Nebraska SPF certified performance measuring techniques. Nebraska SPF was created in 1952, has been used by Waldo Genetics from the beginning and remains the industry standard for herd health and performance monitoring.
Real progressive practices
Waldo Genetics uses traditional selection methods and data-driven selection methods. And today, we also take advantage of advances in the field of gene mapping and the use of genetic markers. Research proves that the existence of certain markers in an animal can be used to predict the overall genetic potential of that animal and its offspring.
Waldo Genetics is carefully analyzing the genetic marker EPOR (Erythropoietin Receptor gene), because it has been shown to have a significant correlation to pigs born alive and increased uterine capacity. All Waldo Genetics Yorkshire and Landrace gilts are tested for EPOR.
But don’t be led astray by marketing smoke and mirrors, this is still a fairly new science and many companies will inflate their results.
Please ask your Waldo Genetics representative for honest and accurate information on the details and results of our gene marker testing.