Liquid Genes (semen)

PIC Liquid Genes (semen) are available from our leading range of sire lines, which includes the PICboar 337G and PICboar 356L. Through the performance testing completed at PIC’s multiplication farms, PIC selection staff select from the highest performing boars available, based on economically important traits such as backfat and growth rates. Through Liquid Genetics, producers have access to boar lines superior to those available in New Zealand by natural service.

A Liquid Gene program allows greater access to genes from New Zealand's leading pig genetics supplier. When you place an order with a PIC Sales Representative, your order is directed to the Gene Transfer Centre (GTC) for processing. After collection and assessment, the Liquid Genes are packaged for shipment in insulated containers.

Quality assurance procedures include isolating, acclimatising, blood-testing, traceability, slaughter checks, laboratory hygiene and bacterial swabbing. Motility and morphology checks are completed on all semen, to ensure high quality and better longevity of semen. All semen is processed using long term semen extenders, which provides for extended periods of use from collection.

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What advantages does artificial insemination have over natural services?

  • Increasing genetic value by decreasing genetic lag. Genetic lag is the time needed to transfer genes from the nucleus herd where PIC creates genetic improvement to the commercial market pig. A customer's use of Liquid Genes decreases genetic lag by nearly two years compared to traditional natural service programs, thereby substantially enhancing the value of the commercial slaughter pig.
  • Increase production flexibility by allowing a sire line change immediately through purchasing semen. When a processor changes requirements or a producer changes processor, Liquid Genes allows rapid product changes to be made. With natural service programs, producers must wait for young boars to finish isolation and acclimatisation, and mature sufficiently to mate multi-parity sows.
  • Rapid adoption of improved genetics. PIC Liquid Genes ensures minimum genetic lag and maximum genetic value per dollar boar cost. In addition, as new PIC sire products become available to meet changing market requirements, Liquid Genes maximises the speed and flexibility to profitably capitalise on these new opportunities.
  • Rapid adoption of new technologies. PIC, in partnership with research institutes and universities, continues to work on new technologies that will allow us to assure the predictable performance of Liquid Genes. Quality control and technology developments are certain to increase production costs, however economies of scale allows PIC to add technologies that will benefit our customers more cost effectively than smaller entities.
  • Natural service boars that previously occupied space within an operation can be replaced by prolific Camborough Gilts. This technology can add up to a substantial increase in revenue, provided that there is space in the nursery and finisher or a market for the additional weaned pigs.

In order to exploit the genetic potential of PIC Liquid Gene products, the process must start with good pig husbandry, practiced by individuals capable of positive pig-person interactions. Personal traits necessary for success are precision, attention to detail and patience.

To organise on farm artificial insemination training, contact PIC New Zealand Customer Service Centre on 0800 505 353 and talk to one of our Sales Representatives.