Newsham forms Choice Genetics, adopts CT scanning

Newsham forms Choice Genetics, adopts CT scanning

GROUPE Grimaud's swine breeding companies — Newsham Choice Genetics and Pen Ar Lan — are combining under the Choice Genetics name, according to an announcement at the World Pork Expo June 5.

Choice Genetics will have subsidiaries in the U.S., Brazil, France, Germany, Poland and Vietnam.

Choice Genetics also announced that it has incorporated computed tomography (CT) scanning into its selection technology. The scanning technology is now targeted for testing 10,000 paternal line animals annually and is positioned to expand to 20,000 animals per year, including both maternal and paternal lines, according to the announcement.

As research indicates that CT results have a 99% correlation with carcass data and a high correlation with feed utilization, the company expects this technology "to produce significant competitive advantages," the announcement said.

Dr. Derek Petry, Choice Genetics vice president for research and development, said the company's latest trials demonstrated that frontline products showed "an overall competitive advantage in total value versus the best alternative." CT will allow "faster genetic progress in carcass value and feed conversion," he said.

Grimaud, headquartered in Roussay, France, is the second-largest multi-species genetics company in the world.

It acquired Newsham Choice Genetics in 2008 (Feedstuffs, April 21, 2008). Newsham, via a number of acquisitions, incorporates the genetic technology of Newsham Hybrids USA, Seghersgenetics USA, Monsanto Choice Genetics and DeKalb Swine Breeders.

Grimaud also established the Novogen layer genetics business in 2008 (Feedstuffs, Sept. 15, 2008) and owns the Hubbard chicken genetics business, which it acquired from Merial Ltd. in 2005 (Feedstuffs, April 4, 2005). It also has duck, geese, pigeon and rabbit genetics.

Grimaud supplies customers in more than 100 countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America.

The World Pork Expo is the world's largest swine-specific event and was held June 5-8 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Volume:85 Issue:23

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