Genomics and genetics
Current setup of genomics makes use of accurate relations between animals and will increase genetic gain across all traits with 30% or more. With accurate phenotypes, enough animals to select from, a short generation interval, and a high accuracy of breeding values we can make maximum use of genomic selection.
With the arrival of abundant genomic information, we are better able to capture heterosis and genetic dominance in lines and crossbreds. With this new source of information, we may not only improve our understanding of the genetic architecture of complex traits, but we will also be able to optimize matings even in purebred populations, in order to find the service sire that produces most heterozygote markers given the specific sow. Topigs Norsvin is heavily investing in understanding heterosis and dominance to be able to better predict crossbred performance.