Increase Herd Performance with PIC®800

New data shows an advantage in weaned pig survivability and up to $7.70 economic advantage per pig.

There’s no place for uncertainty when it comes to sire performance. It should be reality– proven, consistent and profitable. The PIC®800 connects all the dots and, with up to a $7.70 economic advantage per pig, is setting the bar for Duroc sire performance.

PIC®800 Duroc sire

Here are four reasons why pork producers around the world are choosing the PIC®800 for their programs.

PIC®800-sired pigs demonstrate advantages in robustness, growth, feed efficiency and economic advantage.

1. PIC®800 has consistent commercial performance validation.

Several recent comparative commercial trials[1] demonstrated PIC®800’s advantage in efficient growth, robustness and profit potential, including pre-wean survivability.

Strong robustness

Robust pigs remain resilient in challenging conditions, an especially important trait for operations with disease pressure.

PIC®800-sired pigs power through challenges. In recent trials, they had superior pre-wean survivability and showed stronger starts in the nursery with fewer fallouts.

Pigs sired by PIC 800 boar had similar mortality rates to pigs sired by a competitor U.S. Duroc sire. PIC®800 pigs had fewer fallouts than the competitor.

In addition, PIC®800 sired more full value pigs. The PIC®800 had up to a 1.9% advantage in full value pig rates over all competitor sire lines.

Efficient, fast growth

Increasing growth rates often come at the expense of feed efficiency, yet both are important for profitability.

PIC®800 delivers both. In recent trials, PIC®800 pigs had an average daily gain advantage of 0.02 to 0.09 lb and a competitive feed conversion ratio with an advantage in most trials.

A complete package

PIC®800 provides consistent advantages across growth, feed efficiency and robustness.

These consistent advantages add up. In each trial, PIC®800 demonstrated a significant economic advantage between $2.14 and $7.70 per pig placed.

2. We are focused on future gains in commercial swine genetics.

A sire may excel in growth rates, robustness or total carcass value today, but it’s important to look at where that performance could be in the future through realized gains in commercial swine genetics.

Genetic trends at PIC Elite Farms show improvement in growth, feed conversion and survivability. From 2016 to 2021, weight per day of age saw a genetic trend improvement of more than 0.076 lb and survivability increased by 1.20%[2].

We achieve these trends by continuing to invest in the PIC®800’s genetic acceleration. We focus on ensuring producers can profitably meet the growing demand for quality Duroc meat.

3. Demand for Duroc meat.

As consumers continue to demand a better pork eating experience, pork quality has grown in importance across the industry’s value chain. Duroc popularity has risen in response since the breed is known for consistent pork quality and on-farm performance.

The PIC®800 meets the growing demand for Duroc meat. This sire is proven to deliver a high-quality eating experience through taste trials. In addition, PIC is continuing to improve pork quality by selecting for loin pH, color, marbling and tenderness, all traits correlated with improved consumer satisfaction.

4. Our team is here to help.

PIC has a technical service team with years of production expertise dedicated to your success. We are ready to work with you to discuss opportunities, share resources, monitor performance or simply provide a fresh perspective. 

Make improved, efficient Duroc performance a reality with the PIC®800. Reach out to your PIC team today or connect with us here


[1] Reference: ES 124, ES 133, ES 147, ES 144, ES 150, ES 154, ES 164

[2] Sourced from PIC North American Elite Farm Genetic Trends.