Carcass quality

Carcass quality

High carcass quality is crucial to a quality finisher

Breeding goal: Carcass quality

Danish Genetics secures high carcass quality through selection for low backfat thickness at a specific weight. Backfat thickness is negatively correlated with the lean meat percentage of the animal. Direct selection for lower backfat thickness will increase the genetic progress for more lean animals compared to direct selection for lean meat percentage.



Danish Genetics' animals are free of the halothane gene. This means that the animals are less sensitive to stress and produce meat of a high quality. The removal of the halothane gene results in pH having a minimal influence on production yield, and that the meat has a slower decrease in pH and thereby a lower drip loss since pH and drip loss are correlated. This results in meat of high quality.

Find our full breeding program here