Breeding Excellence in our Genes

Hermitage Pedigree Pigs Ltd., has been dedicated to specifically breeding high performance, high health pig genetics for our customers herds since 1958. Operating from our base in Kilkenny, Ireland, we have developed specific breeding pigs to suit commercial market conditions both at home and worldwide. At Hermitage we operate two distinct ‘breeding programmes’ producing both maternal and terminal lines and our breeding stock have repeatedly proven to be the market leaders for the production of the economically important traits.

Terminal Lines
The Hermitage Terminal Line Index (T.L.I), focuses specifically on the terminal traits including growth rate, feed conversion, backfat, muscle depth and lean % ensuring that the top performing terminal line animals are selected each generation.

Maternal Lines
The Maternal Line Index or M.L.I. focuses specifically on the maternal traits including: numbers born alive, feed intake, litter weight, growth rate and backfat. The graphs show the progress that has been made in the key maternal traits.

Research & Development
Supporting the Hermitage ‘Hylean, Hyperprolific, High Health’ breeding programmes is an extensive Research and Development programme focusing on key factors to further enhance the Hermitage product portfolio.

Embryo Transfer
Porcine Embryo Transfer is a key tool facilitating the high health transfer of Hermitage Genetics worldwide. The top performing sows in the Hermitage pyramid are identified through their BLUP value and their Maternal and Terminal Line Indices.