PICtraq™ is the industry's largest genetic database and is where PIC stores:
- Performance information collected throughout the production pyramid
- Carcass and meat quality performance from nucleus animals
- Genetic marker information acquired through PICmarq® Technology
- Commercial performance information from the GN Crossbred Program
Information is entered into PICtraq™ 24 hours per day from nucleus and multiplier farms on every continent. PICtraq™ links all ancestors to account for performance and pedigree information, as well as the global movement of genetics. This linkage is invaluable in a breeding program designed to serve the global pork chain.
Using a statistical methodology called BLUP (Best Linear Unbiased Prediction), PIC calculates and ranks an animal's estimated breeding value or EBV using both individual and family performance information stored in PICtraq™. The EBV is the basis for genetic improvement and describes the value of an animal's genes to its progeny. EBV rankings are augmented with pedigree information to identify the matings responsible for the next generation of animals. Matings must be allocated correctly to optimize the rate of improvement and minimize the effects of inbreeding. To allocate matings, PIC uses an advanced technology that evaluates all possible allocations before returning a comprehensive mating list covering selections, matings, semen and embryo collection, inbreeding minimization, and the optimal use of genetic markers.