Production

The company's activity covers the total life cycle of pigs growing starting from insemination and ending with selling slaughter pigs with an average weight 110-120 kg.

At the end of 2015 we were in a full cycle of 5200 sows and cultivating nearly 4600 ha of arable land in 11 villages of Lviv region.

Pig production

Breeding high quality commercial livestock of pigs is the major direction of "Halychyna Zahid" LLC development.

The basis of the herd was formed by almost 2000 breeding sows and 30 boars of Danish genetics of Landrace, Duroc and Yorkshire breeds brought from Denmark in 2007. Since then the household has been actively increasing the livestock, preserving the purity of imported lines. Annually renewing the herd with purebred boars purchased at the best Danish farms, and simultaneously breeding hybrid pigs for sale.

"Halychyna Zahid" is a farm with strict biosecurity rules, which is aimed at preventing the herd's infection by contagious diseases. The company has very strict rules of hygiene, accessing the territory and the production premises.

To prevent unauthorized access by third parties, as well as by wild and domestic animals that are potential carriers of viruses and infections, all area of the farm is surrounded by an electric fence. As for the vehicles entering "Halychyna Zahid" LLC there is a single gate with a mandatory passing through the disinfection barrier.

Before entering the stables where animals are being raised, all employees and visitors without exception must take a shower and change clothes.

Also the farm employees are forbidden to keep pigs at home. Because they could be potential carriers of contagious diseases and could cause contamination of the "pure" herd at the farm. Before the final stages of the employment each employee signs an agreement allowing the administration of "Halychyna Zahid" for a random spot check whether this requirement is met at any time.

Moreover, it is forbidden to bring meat products to the territory of the enterprise, and there are no pork dishes served in the cafeteria.

 

The enterprise activity covers the total cycle of pigs growing:

  • breeding and selecting the best sows, 
  • collecting, analysing and dosing of sperm, 
  • artificial insemination of sows, 
  • caring for pregnant sows and newborn piglets, 
  • feeding young piglets, 
  • selling pigs that reached 110 -120 kilograms in weight.

All processes in the household are set up according to a weekly cycle: control and analysis is performed with the use of Agrosoft software. In case of any questions pertaining to production or any problems, "Halychyna Zahid" employees seek professional Danish advisers for help.

Neat and accurate execution of all technological production processes, adhering to the necessary level of veterinary and sanitary culture, as well as high quality work organization at all production levels provides for maximum possible number of live-born piglets from every sow, reduction of the level of animals' mortality at all stages of breeding and obtaining high quality pork livestock in shortest possible terms.

Purebred animals

Sow farm

Weaning stable

Availability of modern equipment, high quality technology, sufficient area of production facilities and the presence of professional staff allow for constant increase of production capacity. Thus, the number of animals on weaning stable increased from 7,700 pigs in 2008 to 25,000 pigs in 2015.

Increase in the number of piglets at weaning stable

weaning stable

Piglets are placed in groups of 25 animals in common boxes/pens in the weaning stable.

At this stage, the main goal is to obtain the daily gain in body weight of piglets within 450-500 grams. To achieve these results, special feed is used and a special type of feeding, the so-called "libitum feeding" is practiced.

Fattener stable

Every year the company is expanding by increasing livestock and constructing new production facilities. Specifically, compared to 2008, as of 31.12.2015 the number of fattening pigs more than doubled (see the chart).

The specific features of technology used for fattening pigs at "Halychyna Zahid" are the use of liquid feed. Furthermore, it should be noted that the whole process, that is preparing feedstuffs, quantification of food served in a certain box and defining time of feeding is performed automatically and controlled by the computer.

"Good genes", advanced technology of fattening and balanced feed provide for daily gain in body weight of 900-1,000 gram sending with a slaughter weight 110-120kg.

The company policy is to not use any genetically modified feed, growth promoter and hormone supplements while feeding animals. 

Increase in the number of fattening pigs

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Purebred animals. Boars

All boars whose sperm is used to inseminate sows are brought from Denmark.

As of 31.12.2015 "Halychyna Zahid" kept 48 boars whose sperm was used for artificial insemination of approximately 5200 sows.

In order to renew the herd, every year a new group of young male pigs of Landrace, Duroc and Yorkshire breed is brought.

Semen is collected in accordance with orders from the insemination stable and according to the collection plan. The equipment for collecting, researching, breeding and dosage of sperm is sterile and disposable.

Purebred animals. Gilts

To be able to increase the number of pigs for sale, one of the areas of "Halychyna Zahid" LLC. is to increase the breeding stock, that is, to breed purebred sows.

Increase in breeding sows

 Increase in breeding sows

The process of breeding and selection of sows is extremely important, as strong and healthy sows are the key to obtaining sizeable, strong and healthy herds.

The entire scope of work associated with caring and selecting future breeding sows is performed by most experienced and responsible employees under the constant supervision of Danish technologist.

Sow farm. Insemination

"Halychyna Zahid" practices exclusively artificial insemination of sows. This method is economically more advantageous than natural insemination; in addition, it allows for constant monitoring of the quality of sperm.

Extreme focus is placed on the sows' health status. It is generally known that only a healthy mother can bring healthy offspring.

Modern material and technical base, proper planning and labour organization on the part of administration combined with the careful work performance by the personnel provide for achieving the level of sows fertility of 90% on average.

Sow farm. Pregnant sows

The pregnancy period is three months, three weeks and three days amounting to 115 days (+ / - 5 days).

Careful treatment of sows as well as strict observance of animal breeding and maintenance procedures leads to high results. As of 2015 the farm reached the indicator of approximately 2.32 farrowings per sow per year, and the average number of live-born piglets per farrowing was 15.4.

Sow farm. Farrowing stable

We are ensuring that about a week before the expected date of farrowing, sows are transferred into a clean, disinfected, dry and specially equipped stable with individual boxes.

Boxes for sows' farrowing are designed so that they can be easily driven apart depending on the size of the animal. Also, sows can easily turn in the box from side to side not hurting piglets.

The proper care of newborn piglets is the key to a strong and healthy livestock.