PIC adds relationship-based selection to crossbred lines

PIC announced that it will implement relationship-based Genomic Selection in all crossbred boar products, effective next month.

PIC announced that it will implement relationship-based Genomic Selection in all crossbred boar products, effective next month.

PIC will continue its differentiated implementation of genomic technology and will be the first entity to use relationship-based genomic selection in all purebred and crossbred products and in every trait impacting selection decisions.

"PIC continues to lead the global livestock industry in utilization of genomics to accelerate genetic gain for our customers. This implementation step builds on our previous implementation in all pure lines and will increase the accuracy of our selection process. It will subsequently increase our rate of progress by an additional 35% versus other industry programs," said Dr. Matt Culbertson, PIC director of product development.

PIC chief operating officer Dr. Bill Christianson added, "PIC is focused on making the investments needed to bring our customers' greater product differentiation and performance potential. This latest advancement is another step in our quest to never stop improving and to deliver on our goal of increased profit potential for our customers."

PIC's relationship-based genomic selection, also known as Single Step Genomic Selection, uses a proprietary genotyping and statistical platform to calculate how related animals are at the genetic level. It will increase the accuracy of evaluating animals as parents of the next generation. PIC began implementing the technology in its pure lines in the winter of 2012-13 and completed full implementation for all nucleus populations and traits in the fall of 2013.

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